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made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
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1910.  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Company  (D-10-38) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co.,  which  licensed  and  installed 
Edison's  crushing  rolls  and  collected  royalties  for  their  use.  Included  are 
statements  of  expenses  incurred  and  royalties  due,  as  well  as  correspondence 
regarding  blueprints,  patterns,  licenses,  and  inspections. 

A  sample  of  approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  has  been 

TKe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

ih.  Freight  and  Paaienger  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE.  N.  J. 

3.  address.  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J. 

March  8,  1910. 

Mr.  H.  E.  Miller,  Secy., 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

M  10  ;Ojn 

Enclosed  please  find  statement  showing 
expenses  incurred  by  this  Company  account  the  Edison 
Crushing  Roll  Co ./for  the  month  of  January,  amount 
being  $1207.24. 

We  are  also  attaching  herewith  in  dup¬ 
licate  the  following  memorandums  which  you  may  render 

against  your  respective  licensees: 

U.  S.  Crushed  Stone  Company 
Tomkins  Coven  Stone  Company 
-  Rational  Limestone  Co. 

Yours  very  truly. 

T'  ~  r^pcn^ortlan^^^nt  Co.,^ 



Mr.  Mason  requests  that  we 
hold  bill  against  the  National 
Limestone  Co.  up  until  we  have 
more  charges  to  render  against  them 
at  some  future  time.  E.S.B.W 





Jan.  15  Drafting 

J.  McFadden 

J.  V.  Fry 

K .  B .  Snyder 
J.  V.  Fry 

M.  Ti.  Snyder 
J.  V.  Fry 

M.  B.  Snyder 
Jan.  31  J.  V.  Fry 

M.  B.  Snyder 
V..  B.  Snyder 
J.  V.  Fry 
J.  McFadden 
J.  V.  Fry 
J.  McFadden 
E.  S.  Op dyke 



Inspector  25.00 

Expenses  1/4-3  14.60 

"  12/15-31  15.65 

1  1/11-12  2.56 

11  1/1-15  19.17 

Inspecting  1/3-4-5-6-7 

11-12  19.50 

Salary  30 . 00 

Inspecting  1/17-20-2!?- 

29-31  13.50 

Salary  13 . 84 

.  16.33 

Expenses  1/16-21  14.52 

"  1/20  6.30 

"  1/1-15  14.57 

n  1/27/10  11.50 

Erecting  Engineer  50.00 

Expcnooc  to  ritt-Aurch 

refunded  21,02 



Jan.  15  Checking  Snare  &  Triest  Co.  Drawing.  24.04 

31  "  "  "  "  "  41.73  65.77 

Jan.  15  Drafting  -  Buildings 


White  Rock,  Ohio.  (t.A.E.) 

Jan.  15  Drafting 

Jan.  31 

J.  McFadden 
H.  B.  Snyder 
H.  V.  Fry 

J.  McFadden 
J.  V.  Fry 
J .  McFadden 

Expense  12/15-31 
Inspecting  Jan.  8 

"  1/15-19-21 

.  26 
Expenses  1/17-19 
"  1/1-15 

"  1/26/10 

Erecting  Engineer 












Jan.  31  M.  B.  Snyder 







w.  Ii.  Mason  Expense 

J.  V.  Pry  11  _ _ 

G.  Erh  Services  l/l3 

L.  VV.  Rodgers  "  1/14  .87 

\V.  N.  Telegraph  Co.  Telegrams  12/6-31  2.61 

J.  V.  Pry  Insptg.  1/13-14-  Taylor 

Company  6.00 

Draughtsmen  16.31 

Drawing  Materia  1  11.40 

Stamps  6.20 

Telegrams  7.29 

Telephone  7.40 

Stationery  20.40 



Jan.  15 
Jan.  31 


150.00  250.00 

Marblehead,  Ohio.  (T.E.A. ) 

Jan.  15  Draughtsmen 

"  31  J.  Y.  Pry  Inspecting  1/26 


J.  UcPadden  Expense  1/1-15 

J.  V.  Pry  "  1/26/10 








Akron,  New  York.  (T.K.E.) 

J.  McPadden 
M .  B  .  Snyder 
J.  V.  Pry 
M.  B .  Snyder 
J.  V.  Pry 
M.  B.  Snyder 
J.  V.  Pry 

Expense  12/15-31 
"  1/10 

«  1/1-15/10 

Inspecting  1/7-8-10 

Inspecting  1/18-22-24-25- 

M.  B.  Snyder 
J.  V.  Pry 


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"  1/17-19 

"  1/24-25 

"  1/26/10 

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April  1,  1910. 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Port  layers,  Florida. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  onoloso  herewith  letter  from  Mr.  Williams  of 
the  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co.,  dated  March  21st,  in  which  ho 
refers  to  acceptance  by  the  U.  3.  Crushed  Stono  Co.  of  assignment 
of  contract  made  "by  Messrs.  ITusbaum,  Klotz  and  Dreyfus  to  that 
company,  also  enclosed,  as  well  as  acceptance  hy  you  of  the 
notice  of  this  assignment.  Please  sign  this  latter  paper  as 
indioated,  before  two  witnesses,  and  return  all  tho  papers  to  me 
in  tho  enclosed  envelope. 

The;  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 


August  24,  1910 

Mr.  H.  E.  Miller, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Can  you  advise  me  whether  ProfeBBorB 
Pryor  and  Martin,  of  Stevens  College,  Hoboken,  have 
been  paid  for  their  testimony  on  the  Boll  BuitV  1  was 
talking  to  Mr.  Hicks  yesterday  and  he  asked  me  to  get 
this  information  so  he  would  be  posted. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 


The  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 




Stewartsville,  K.J.,  Sept.  17,  1910. 

Mr.  H.  P.  Miller, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  E.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  talking  with  Mr.  Edison  the  other  day 
he  said  he  would  write  a  letter  to  Mr.  Dreyfus  and  Mr. 
Klotz  if  I  would  make  a  draft  of  it.  Therefore,  I  wish 
you  would  please  have  the  following  letter  written  on 
Laboratory  paper  and  give  to  Mr.  Edison  to  Bign  and  then 
forward  direct  to  Mr.  Klotz,  President,  and  Mr.  Moise 
Dreyfus,  Vice  President,  of  the  U.  S.  Crushed  Stone  Co., 
Chioago,  111. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Your  letters  of  July  2nd  to 
the  White  Investing  Co,  and  August  25th  to 
the  Moose  Mountain  .Ltd.  ,  and  Mr.  John  V/.  Gates 
have  been  brought  to  my  attention.  I  am 
very  much  pleased  to  hear  that  the  Rolls  are 
giving  such  satisfaction  to  your  Company,  and 
I  certainly  appreciate  the  interest  you  take  in 
our  affairs  to  write  a  letter  like  those  men¬ 
tioned,  above. 

I  have  made  every  effort  to 
make  these  Rolls  entirely  satisfactory  to  our 
customers  and  it  is  very  gratifying  to  know 
that  they  appreciate  the  work  that  has  been 
done,  and  I  believe  they  will  continue  to  oper¬ 
ate  to  your  entire  satisfaction. 

Yours  very  truly,  " 

Yours  very  truly, 


The  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 


Stewartsville,  N.J.,  Oct.  31,  1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J.  ‘jj 

Dear  Sir:- 

On  Friday  Mr.  Williams  and  myself  went 
to  Tomkins  Cove  with  Mr.  Hermann  and  another  gentle¬ 
man  of  the  Moose  Mountain  Ltd.,  and  a  Hr.  Hansen,  an 
engineer  of  the  Grondel  Process  Company,  They  started 
the  Holls  up  while  we  were  there  and  put  through 
approximately  20  oars.  The  rolls  worked  very  well  and 
as  near  as  I  could  ascertain  from  the  load  in  the  pan 
conveyor  the  lower  rolls  were  taking  for  that  short 
time,  at  the  rate  of  500  to  600  tonB  per  hour.  Vie 
made  provision  for  another  4x3  Roll  in  the  bottom 
to  be  installed  when  necessary,  but  from  the  looks  of 
the  test  I  do  not  think  it  will  ever  be  neoessary. 

The  screens  seemed  to  work  very  satis¬ 
factorily  although  the  angle  I  believe  is  a  little  bit 
too  steep.  This  can  be  readily  changed  to  a  lesser 
angle  if  it  is  found  desirable.  In  fact,  the  whole 

plant  started  off  exceptionally  v/ell  In  my. opinion. 

Mr.  Herrmann  of  the  Moose  Mountain  ltd. 
was  very  much  pleased  and  seems  to  he  very  much  in 
favor  of  our  crushing  plant,  hut  the  only  thing  he  is 
afraid  of  is  the  possihility  of  the  plates  on  the 
Giant  Rolls  wearing  rapidly.  He  seems  to  have  gotten 
his  information  from  the  superintendent  at  Benson 
Mines  who  had  made  the  statement  to  him  that  they  had 
a  pair  of  Giant  Hols  for  sale  if  anybody  wanted  to  huy 
them. —  CUsu.  'r  /feu*  up  :•<  ,,,Js  ,V'  .•  . - 

The  Tomkins  Cove  people  were  delighted 
with  the  way  the  plant  started  up  and  although  they 
have  purchased  two  steam  shovels,  they  are  talking  of 
buying  one  more,  to  give  them  three  to  start  in  next 

Yours  very  truly. 


The  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 


Stewartsville,  H.J., 

Mr.  W.  S.  Mallory, 

Presiden  t. 

Dear  Sir:-  yjt^ 

In  reference  to  the  trip  I  made  to 
Benson  Mines,  Hew  York  on  the  4th  instant  in  connection 
with  a  letter  we  had  received  from  them  under  date  of 
the  1st  instant  regarding  plate  wear,  we  found  a  num- 


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her  of  conditions  which  we  feel  largely  cause  this 
unnecessarily  large  wear  and  which  it  would  he  a  very 
Bimple  matter  to  greatly  reduce. 

1st  -  The  Rolls  are  set  6*  Qb«  center 
to  center  of  shafts.  This  causes  all  the  material  go¬ 
ing  through  to  he  reduced  to  7“  or  less.  By  opening 
up  these  Rolls  and  making  very  much  larger  stone  the 
plate  wear  would  he  reduced  to  a  very  nominal  figure 
and  as  it  was  explained  to  us  while  at  Benson  Mines 
that  when  new  plates  were  put  on  a  skip  load  of  mater¬ 
ial  was  crushed  in  about  one-half  a  minute,  where  after 
the  plates  had  worn  the  time  of  crushing  was  from  2  to 
4  minutes.  It  was  also  noted  that  they  allow  their 

slugger  plate  to  wear  down.  This  as  we  well  know 
allows  larger  pieces  of  rock  to  ride  and  grind  the 
Roll  plates  instead  of  shattering  the  material  as  new 
slugger  plates  will  do.  V/e  explained  to  Mr.  Painter 
and  his  assistant  the  action  of  the  slugger  plate,  and 
yte-  feel  that  Mr.  Painter  is  well  satisfied  that  fcy 
keeping  his  two  slugger  plates  renewed  as  soon  as  any 
material  wear  shows,  that  his  total  plate  wear  will  he 
very  greatly  reduced. 

Yours  very  truly, 


The  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 

Yesterday  I  visited  Tomkins  Cove  again 
and  met  Mr.  Harsh  of  the  Kelley  Island  Lime  &  Trans¬ 
port  Co. ,  Mr.  Lake  and  Mr.  Seitz;  also  employees  of 
the  Kelley  Island  Lime  &  Transport  Co, 

The  plant  is  operating  very  satisfactorily 
hut  it  still  needs  some  slight  adjustments  on  the 
screens.  Their  preliminary  screens  Beem  to  he  satis¬ 
factory  now  hut  their  final  separating  screens  are  a 
little  hit  too  steep.  The  speed  of  the  feed  roll  under 
the  Giant  roll  1b  too  fast  and  they  are  getting  out 
some  pulleys  to  reduce  the  speed  of  this  now.  As  it 
is  now,  the  3  sets  of  Rolls  take  the  feed  at  the  rate 
of  over  1,000  tons  per  hour  and  reduce  it  to  about  2" 
sizeB.  The  Tomkins  Cove  people  are  very  much  pleased 
and  are  now  making  arrangements  to  purchase  for  de¬ 
livery  next  Spring  another  steam  shovel  and  some  more 

They  have  only  put  in  one  half  of  the 
screens  that  the  plant  is  laid  out  for.  These  can  he 
put  in  at  any  time  as  everything  i8  provided  hut  it 
is  a  question  now  whether  they  will  neet  the  extra 
screen  capacity  for  the  present  screens  are  almost 
satisfactory  and  1  believe  a  little  adjusting  will 
fill  all  their  requirements.  Mr.  Harsh  of  the  Kelley 
Island  Go.  was  very  much  pleased  v/ith  the  plant  and 
says  he  regrets  very  much  that  he  did  not  put  in  two 
smaller  Rolls  at  Akron  instead  of  UBing  the  old  Gyratory 
crusherB  which  he  has,  and  would  do  this  now  hut  Mr. 
Gowan,  the  head  of  the  company,  is  very  ill  and  he 
does  not  like  to  make  any  definite  plans  and  there¬ 
fore  expects  to  run  through  next  season  with  the  pre¬ 
sent  equipment.  However,  he  wants  to  put  in  a  set  of 
our  screens  in  the  Akron  plant  to  take  the  place  of 
the  rotary  screen  which  he  used  laBt  year  and  which 
gave  him  so  much  trouble. 

In  regard  to  the  plate  wear  at  Akron 
v/hich  figures  out  on  the  Giant  Rolls  approximately  .6 
per  ton,  he  said  that  he  did  not  think  this  was  excess¬ 
ive;  that  the  stone  was;  very  abrasive  and  that  he 

thought  his  total  repairs  in  his  crushing  plant  in¬ 
cluding  Rolls  and  Gyratories  was  less  per  ton  than 
it  had  been  before  the  rolls  were  installed.  He  has 
the  rolls  set  up  now  just  as  close  as  it  is  possible 
to  put  them  and  said  this  is  necessary  in  order  to 
get  that  quantity  through  the  gyratories.  I  explained 
to  him  fully  that  his  wear  could  be  very  greatly  re¬ 
duced  by  installing  extra  rolls  and  opening  up  his 
preliminary  Giant  Roll.  He  understands  this  and  said 
he  would  like  to  do  it  but  under  the  circumstances 
will  not  make  any  changes  for  next  season  except  to 
install  the  screens  if  we  can  make  a  proper  lay-out. 

He  was  very  much  surprised  that  the  screens  at  Tomkins 
Cove  would  work  as  they  do  and  says  he  expects  to  in¬ 
stall  this  kind  of  screen  in  his  various  plants  as 
soon  as  he  can  get  at  it.  He  further  told  me  that 
they  were  expending  about  $100,000.00  in  building  a 
large  concrete  storage  dock  on  Kelley  Island  in  Lake 
Erie.  With  this  storage  dock  he  will  be  able  to  load 
the  largest  lake  steamer  with  crushed  stone  in  a  few 
hours  by  spouting  it  directly  into  the  steamer  and  by 

'this  method  he  hoped  to  get  a  large  part  if  not  all 
of  the  Buffalo  ti’ade  and  other  lake  points  which  he 
cannot  now  reach  economically,  and  that  in  all  pro¬ 
bability  they  would  want  to  install  a  set  of  Rolls 
at  Kelley  Island  after -next  season. 

At  their  'White  Rock,  Ohio,  plant  he 
tells  me  that  the  Rolls  crush  the  stone  to  such  a 
regular  size  that  he  1b  able  to  get  about  20#  more 
out  of  each  lime  kiln  than  he  did  when  stone  was  broken 
down  by  hand,  and  that  the  rolls  there  were  entirely 
satisfactory,  but  he  was  having  a  great  deal  of  trouble 
in  his  quarry  on  aocount  of  the  large  pieces  which 
would  come  out  in  the  blast.  He  showed  me  some  photo¬ 
graphs  of  th.eee  which  I  will  discuss  with  you,  stating 
that  in  using  a  Keystone  drill  and  putting  the  holes 
only  ten  feet  apart  the  stone  would  come  out  and  a 
large  majority  of  the  pieces  would  be  8  and  10  foot 
cubes  which  were  so  large  that  his  steam  shovels  (90- 
ton)  would  not  handle  them,  and  he  is  trying  to  figure 
out  some  different  method  of  blasting  in  order  to 
break  these  large  pieces.  I  remember  seeing  this 

quarry  last  summer  and  the  stone  does  come  out  in  very 
large  blocks  and  there  are  apparently  no  seams  or 
cleavage  planes  in  any  direction  but  apparently  being 
more  of  the  nature  of  concrete  than  any  stone  that  I 
am  familiar  with.  X  suggested  to  him  using  a  black 
powder  in  conjunction  with  dynamite  and  two  or  three 
other  schemes,  which  he  is  going  to  try  out,  but  he 
says  even  as  the  stone  comes  out  now  he  is  able  to 
make  a  very  large  improvement  in  operating  by  the  Rolls 
as  compared  with  his  foxmer  methods  of  Gyratories. 

On  the  whole  he  is  very  much  pleased 
with  the  two  sets  of  Rolls  which  he  has  had  operating 
for  a  portion  of  this  past  season  and  sayB  he  expects 
by  next  June  to  be  shipping  15,000  tons  a  day,  but  of 
course,  about  three  to  four  thousand  tons  of  this  will 
be  coming  from  Kelley  Island  where  they  are  using  the 
old  Gyratories. 

Mr.  Tomkins  advised  me  that  the  other 
quarries  on  the  Hudson  River  were  very  much  worried 
about  the  installation  at  Tomkins  Cove  and  they  already 
had  an  inquiry  from  one  of  the  large  bankers  in  New 


York  asking  them  to  make  a  price  on  the  entire  plant, 
and  from  other  sources  he  knows  that  the  other  stone 
people  on  the  River  are  very  much  worried. 

I  told  him  that  you  wanted  to  come  up 
and  see  the  plant  and  they  are  very  anxious  to  have 
you  come  at  any  time  you  find  it  convenient. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(  b  jbj  '  Win  ^ 

Benson  Mines  Company 


Benson  mines,  n.  y..  Nov.  30,  1910, 

Thomas  A.  liaison, 

.  .  .  ... 

Orange,  U.  J.  Attention  l,ir.'er~' 


Dear  Sir;- 

V/e  have  your  favor  of  the  2bth  Inst,  with  Vouchers  j'  1003  and  1120 
enclosed  and  note  your  confusion  in  regard  to  same. 

It  has  been  the  custom  und;we  beleive(  part  of  the  agreement,  to  nay 
royalty  for  ore  crushed  in  the  Giant  Rolls  upon  the  tonnage  of  concentrates 
shipped,  but,  through  error,  royalty  mis  paid  in  August  on  137b  tons  of  con¬ 
centrates  estimated  in  a  stock  pile  ns  vie  made  no  shipments  during  that  month, 
our  .Y.ill  being  closed  down  during  that  time.  In  Sept,  we  began  to  ship  from  the 
stock  pile  and  continued  on  through  Oct.  and  into  Nov. 

Therefore  v/e  deducted  1375  tons,  upon  which  royalty  was  paid  in  August, 
from  the  total  of  the  Sept,  and  Oct.  shipments,  in  figuring  the  royalty  for  Sept, 
and  Oct.,  in  order  to  avoid  twice  paying  royalty  on  the  same  oro. 

',Ve  are  returning  the  vouchers  to  you  with  the  belelf  that  this  explanation 
will  clear  up  the  question  in  your  minds. 

Yours  truly 


Mgr . 

<R.c Rr 

the  Benson  ore,  and  we  think  that  Mr.  Painter  is 
thoroughly  convinced  that  if  he  had  kept  his  slugger  plates 

in  good  condition  and  not  have  allowed  them  to  wear 
to  the  extent  he  has,  that  his  plate  wear  per  ton 
would  not  have  been  greater  than  Akron  has  been  during 
this  year,  which  as  near  as  we  are  able  to  figure  is 
between  7  and  8  mills  per  ton.  Mr.  Painter  brought 
with  him  maps  showing  the  iron  ore  deposit  at  Benson 
Mines  and  the  test  drillings  they  have  made  with 
analyses.  They  estimate  that  they  have  available  at 
the  present  level  3,500,000  tons,  by  sinking  50  feet 
3,500,000  tons  additional  and  by  going  to  a  depth  of 
100  feet,  3,000,000  more  tons.  With  this  there  is  a 
matter  of  some  500,000  yards  of  stripping.  It  is 
their  present  plan  to  erect  a  mill,  preferably  the 
wet  process  so  as  to  eliminate  their  phosphorus,  and 
to  mine  about  2,000  tons  per  day  which  would  yield 
them  approximately  1,000  tons  of  ore,  and  would  give 
them  work  for  15  years. 

Mr.  Mason  discussed  at  length  with  Mr. 
Painter  the  angle  of  pinch  and  thoroughly  explained  the 
tremendous  difference  in  plate  wear  that  a  slight 
variation  from  the  correct  angle  of  pinch  makes.  All 

of  these  points  were  acknowledged  by  Mr.  Painter  as 
being  correct  and  his  thorough  belief  in  same.  Mr. 
Painter  left  for  Cornwall  Mines,  Cornwall,  Pa.,  last 
night  and  intends  going  from  there  to  Tomkins  Cove 
and  will  likely  return  to  New  Village  before  finally 
going  back  to  Benson  Mines. 

It  is  our  feeling  that  the  report  Mr. 
Painter  will  submit  to  Messrs.  Pilling  Sc  Crane  will  be 
entirely  favorable  to  Giant  Rolls  and  not  in  accord 
with  his  letter  of  Jtewteat&er  to  us,  or  similar  to  the 
interview  you  had  with  Messrs.  Pilling  Sc  Crane  on 
November  18th. 

Yours  very  truly, 


The  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co. 



Stewartsville,  H.J.,  Dec.  9,  1910. 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller,  Secy., 
Edison  laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  7th  in  refer¬ 
ence  to  vouchers  of  the  Benson  Mines  Company  in  settle¬ 
ment  of  royalty  and  your  enclosure  of  letter  from  Mr. 
Painter  and  regarding  your  request  that  if.  settlement 
is  in  accordance  with  contract  that  we  will  advise  you, 
we  beg  to  say  that  such  is  our  interpretation  of  the 

.  I  Eire 

We  beg  herewith  to  return  to'  you  vouchers 
and  letter  of  the  Benson  Mines  Co. 

Q,.  /  YourB  very  truly, 

\  .  ■/'  / THE  EDISON  CRUSHING  ROLL  CO., 


1910.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  (D-10-39) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Among  the  documents  for  1910  are 
items  pertaining  to  corporate  taxes,  advertising,  material  for  primary  batteries, 
and  a  contract  with  Nelson  Goodyear.  Also  included  are  comparative 
statements  of  general  expenses  for  1909  and  1910. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  correspondence  regarding  a  board  of  directors' 
meeting,  accounts,  and  other  routine  matters. 

T7YE-,  8^-. 


Office  of  Collector . .  District  oF.J^O:S£*fL. 

. .  . 

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Attention  is  called,  to  the  provisions  of  Section  88,  Act  of  August  5,  1909, 
imposing  a  special  excise  tax  on  corporations,  joint  stock  companies,  associations, 
and  insurance  companies;  to  the  requirements  of  said  Section  respecting  the 
preparation  and  filing  of  annual  returns  by  such  ooiporations,  joint  stock  com¬ 
panies,  associations,  and  insurance  companies,  and  to  the  penalties  imposed  by 
said  Section  in  case  of  failure  to  make  such  return,  or  for  the  filing  of  a  false 
or  fraudulent  return. 

As  the  prescribed  return  has  not  been  filed  by  your  company,  and  as  the  time 
limited  by  said  Section  38  for  the  filing  of  such  return  has  expired,  you  are 
hereby  notified  that,  unless  a  full  and  complete  return  of  your  company  is 
received  at  this  Office  within  ten  days  from  the  date  of  this  notice,  an  examination 
of  your  books  and  papers  bearing  upon  the  matters  required  to  be  included  in 
such  return  will  be  made,  pursuant  to  paragraph  4  of  said  Section  38,  and  that 
the  tax  so  ascertained  to  be  due  will  be  assessed,  and  all  penalties  incurred  by 
your  company  enforced  as  provided  by  law. 

'  ,i  ',\S.  W.  /'.MDir.SO:.. 


W■P•  April  29,  1910. 

Mr.  Charles  \V,  Anderson,  Collector, 

8eoond  Distriot  of  New  York, 

0.  S.  Internal  Revenue  Dept., 

Custom  House  Building,  New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  Deg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  notice  calling 
attention  to  the  fact  that  this  Company  failed  to  make  a  report  aB 
required  under  Seotion  38  of  the  Act  of  August  5th,  1909. 

In  reply,  we  beg  to  advise  you  that  the  prinoipal  plaoe  of 
business  of  this  Company  is  Orange,  N.  J.  and  the  books  of  the 
Company  are  kept  at  this  plaoe  of  business.  A  report  was  prepared 
on  Form  #637  furnished  by  the  Internal  Revenue  Department  and  was 
presented  to  the  Collector  of  Internal  Revenue  at  the  Post  Office 
Building  at  Newark,  N.  J .  We  explained  to  him  that  this  Company  was 
a  New  Jersey  Corporation  organized  under, the  laws  of  the  State  of  New 
Jersey  and  that  the  principal  pllace  of  bijiBineBo  and  the  bookB  were 
kept  at  Orange,  N.  J. ,  but  that  we  had  a  plaoe  of  business  in  New 
York  City,  and  he  stated  that  Mb  of floe  was  the  proper  place  to  file 
the  report.  The  report  was  thereupon  left  with  the  Colleotor.  at  the 
Newark  office  and  we  hold  his  reoelpt  for  same  dated  February  28,1910 

Kindly  advise  us  if  under  the  circumstances  we  are  required 
to  do  anything  further  to  comply  with  your  notice. 

Thanking  you  for  a  prompt  reply,  we  are, 

Youtb  truly, 


Vice  President. 


2d  Disthiot  op  New  York, 

Collector's  Office, 

New  York,  N.  Y.,  May  3,  1910. 

Edison  Hfg.  Co., 

Orange,  N.  J. 


Replying  to  yours  of  the  29th  ultimo,  I  have 
to  state  that,  i f  as  stated  in  your  letter,  the  corporation 
tax  return  was  filed  with  the  Collector  at  Hewark,  there  is 
no  necessity  for  any  further  action  on  your  part. 




Moaoro.  Hutloon:  Looming:  Riehl: 

TThilo  It  is  highly  important,  duo  to  our  being 
so  far  hohind  orders,-  tliat  wo  arrange  to  havo  in  stock,  or  in 
sight,  a  sufficient  quuntity  of  raw  material  of  all  kinds  to  toko 
care  of  our  primary  battery  business,  it  is  also  quite  as  im¬ 
portant  that  for  tho  noxt  fow  months  wo  order  such  raw  materials 
as  conservatively  as  is  oonsietont  with  our  requirements,  and 
as  Is  absolutely  necessary  to  insure  us  against  any  delay  in 
tho  wanuf&oture  or  filling  of  orders  promptly. 

Plcmao  look  into  this  matter  very  carefully,  and  govern 
your  stook  and  orders  accordingly, 

5/LB/40.  /  C.  II.  W, 

Copies  to  Messrs.  UdWon:  Dyer:  Vobor: 




'  Officials 






Accounting  Rept. 



Rilling  Rept. 



•.hipping  ft  Order  Dept. 



Pay  Roll  Rcp<>. 


Vine.  Help. 



Film  Dept. 



Tranccribing  Rept. 


Chi capo  Office  -  Rat lory 



Chicago  Office  -  Film 

.  1169.67 


Adv.  salaries 

■  65.00 





Salesmen!!  salaries  ft  expense. 


.  3u4  5 . 47 

Catalogs  ,  Etc. 



Papere  &  Magazines 







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47 . 20 

Freight  ft  Exp  re  tje 



Foreign  Shipments 



Herecngerc,  Carfare  Etc. 




1404 . 38 


Printin  '  ft  Stationery 











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Imp.  ft  Oon'l  Repairs 






Light,  Heat  ft  Power 



Film  Plant 



•/aint.  of  Tools 



patterns  ft  RrawingG 



Packing  ft  Boxing 







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Stock  Clerks 



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3627 . 02 


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Rebilled  Account 

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D  •  V. 

I  °!  I  c> 

•June  f,  me 

Ur.  rororaba :  Copy  to  Uoeara.  wiloea — Ocull—  j.  reiser. 

In  reference  to  the  loo  Generators  or  Gnu 
Outfits  which  Kelson  Goodyear  chipped  to  us  on  Kay  16th 
nnd  which  ore  now  held  in  Jr,  Hooper's  'Department ,  in  ac¬ 
cordance  with  instructions  from  Ur,  , viloon  and  so  per  my 
letter  of  Juno  let  to  Kelson  Goodyear,  please  note  that 
these  100  Outfits  ore  to  he  held  ut  Kelson  Goodyear 'a  risk 
until  cuch  o  time  as  our  stock  of  these  Outfits  is  reduced 
to  a  point  that  would  make  it  necessary  for  us  to  enter  a 
new  order.  When  that  time  arrives,  these  100  Generators  aro 
to  be  placed  in  stock  end  tho  Pur chasing  Department  notified 
so  that  Kelson  Goodyear  can  render  a  new  invoice  far  their 

In  case  a  new  inventory  period  comes  around 
before  these  Generators  are  placed  in  stobk,  X  will  notify  »'r, 
iiodfern  so  that  he  oon  make  the  proper  rooord  covering. 

?0  H.  T.  Deeming. 

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'  s~\  Annual  Report  by  a  Domestic  Corporation. 

.  ^y  l— -  yb 

Organised  and  RcgistcrcdOtmlcr  the  Raws  pfThtySlale  of  New  Jersey. 

The  corporation  above  named,  organized  and  registered  undorthei Laws  ot  Hie  State  of  New  Jersey,  docs  hereby 
make  the  following  report  in  compliance  with  the  provisions  of  an  act  of  the  Legislature  of  New  Jersey,  entitled  "An 
Act  Concerning  Corporations  (Revision  of  i8p6),’’a»jcrtVe  various  acts  agjerplatory  thereof  and  supplemental  thereto. 

FIRST — The  name  of  the  corporation  is. . 

is  the  agent  upon  whom  process  may  be  s< 
THIRD— The  character  of  the  business  i s 

FOURTH — The  amount  of  the  authorized  capital  stock  is  ,kj5~~o -c- 
tied  and  outstanding  is  %r~^7a .£?.<? .. . 

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Vice-President,  J^C \ 

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SIXTH— The  next  annual  meeting  of  the  stockholders  for  election  of  Directors  is  appointed  to  be  held  on 

. /  J  - - 

SEVENTH — The  name  of  the  corporation  has  been  at  all  linids  displayed  at  the  entrance  of  its  registered  office 
in  this  State,  and  the  corporation  has  kept  at  its  registered  office  in  this  State  a  transfer-book,  in  which  the 

transfers  of  slock  arc  made,  and  a  stock-book,  containing  the  names  and  addresses  of  the  stockholders  and  the  number 
of  shares  held  by  them  respectively,  open  at  all  times  to  the  examination  of  the-stockholders  as  required  by  law. 

WITNESS  our  hands  the . . . . day  . A.  D.  191  O 

■  t^^-2!t^<f>^L^?r>7^^.4£^yi^rrTPrcsident. 

^ Secretary . 

1910.  Exhibitions  (D-10-40) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
electrical  and  industrial  exhibitions.  Among  the  documents  for  1910  are  items 
pertaining  to  the  Ohio  Valley  Exhibition  and  the  Boston  Mechanics  Exposition, 
as  well  as  the  Panama-Pacific  International  Exposition  planned  for  San 
Francisco  in  1915.  There  are  also  items  regarding  the  Japan  British  Exhibition 
in  London  and  the  Travel  Exhibition  in  Glasgow. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  circulars  and  announcements  for  expositions  and 
trade  shows,  routine  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment,  and 
documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 

Robebt  W.  Blackwell  &  Co.,  Ltd 

Engineers  and  Oontbaotors 

Parliament  Chambers,  Westminster 

Company  and  ii 


14,  Great  Smith  Street 

London,  S.W. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Orange.  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr  Edison :- 

S*  u*L 

/"February  151jh,  1910, 

sMtwsu  4-  ^  ei  w. 


I  have  noticed,  with  great  interest,  the  reports  of  your  late 
trials  of  the  battery,  especially  its  application  to  traimvay  service. 

If  you  are  now  ready  to  put  it  before  the  street-railway  men, 

I  would  mention  that  there  is  to  be  held  in  London  this  Summer  a  Japan 
British  Exhibition,  at  the  “White  City"  which  waB  constructed  for  the 
Franc o-Br it ish  Exhibition  of  two  years  ago.  A  Committee  lias  been 
formed,  with  Mr  A.L.C.Fell,  Manager  of  the  London  County  Council 
Tramways,  as  Chairman,  (I  being  a  Member),  to  organize  a  Section 
devoted  to  Light  Railways,  Tramways,  &c . 

The  possibility  occurs  to  me  that  you  might  like  to  exhibit. 

There  is  every  opportunity  to  do  so  on  any  scale  you  might  desire. 

It  would  give  me  great  pleasure  to  obtain  for  you  any  information 
whioh  you  might  wish  to  have,  if  you  are  prepared  to  consider  the 

The  Exhibition  of  two  years  ago  was  a  great  success  and 
attended  very  largely  from  every  part  of  Europe.  The  ooming  Ex¬ 
hibition  has  been  made  the  ocoaslon  for  a  national  effort  in  Japan, 
whioh  I  should  think  was  a  guarantee  that  it  would  attract  great 
interest  throughout  Great  Britain  and  the  Continent, 

I  have  instructed  the  Secretary  of  the  Committee  to  forward 
you  the  printed  matter  of  the  Exhibition  which  I  trust  will  reach 
you  in  due  oourse  . 

Of  oourse,  any  action  should  be  taken  at  once  and  I  should 
hear  from  you  quickly  as  to  your  view. 

I  think  you  may  take  it  that  there  would  be  no  better  method 
of  securing  immediate  and  wide  publicity.  Public  feeling  against 
both  conduits  and  overhead  wires  is  much  stronger  here  than  it  is 
in  Amerioa  and  there  are  many  places  where  neither  are  tolerated 
and  where  the  need  for  better  traffic  accommodation  is  very  pressing. 

My  kindest  remembrances  and  best  wishes. 

Yours  faJJMw3?ly, 


'Mk.-i-  5uJ, 

1046,  atcwcjo^.”  ^ 

'ClCCh”"“'"“':v"''  ^  Slnuled. 

=  kg^  dI 

Branch  omcca:  'X3  I J  J 


wjoW', . - . 21b±... . March, . 1 9  in. 

'"frM  ''h 

You  will  remember  Mr.  Ross  of 
Black  &  White"  who  was  with  Sir  Joseph 
Lawrence  some  years  ago  when  you  were 
all  very  exoited  about  the  reception  of 
Admiral  Dewey  and  the  Lipton  Oup  RaceB, 
and  who  was  so  eminently  successful  in 
persuading  you  to  take  a  day  off  on 
board  "The  Erin".  You  will  also  remem- 
•ber  that  I  wrote  to  you  some  time  ago 
with  regard  to  Dunderland  iron  Ore, 

W.  -  ^pld  that  you  were  kind  enough  to  write 
j  ^  to  me  with  regard  to  that  matter,  in 

J  ^  whioh  unfortunately  my  losses  were  so 


_  Now  1  01111  taking  the  opportunity 

of  writing  to  you  about  another  matter 
•which  I  think  is  of  some  importance,  and 

«  which  -  if  i  amfbrtunate  in  securing 
ir  co-operation  -  great  things  may  be 
10  ■  ,1  |im  helping  in  the  organization 
a  big  travel  Exhibition  in  Glasgow  at 
beginning  of  next  year.  I  expect 
.mat  many  of  the  Colonial  railways  etc. 

•will  be  exhibiting,  and  I  Just  want  to 
know  whether  it  will  be  possible  to  have 
;y°ur  new  power  battery  on  show.  It  would 
iglve  imraenser'impelras'  to  the  Exhibition, 
and  it  would  wake  up  interest  in  the  matter 
in  this  country  in  a  way  that  nothing  else 
( would  do.  If  this  can  be  arranged,  I  would 
be  happy  to  hear  from  you  and  to  do  anything 
rthat  is  possible  to  facilitate  the  matter. 

X  think  you  will  look  upon  it  as 
oommerolal  .suggestion,  and  I  know 
it  hat  you  will  givejLt  at  all  events  most 
favourable  and  friendly  consideration. 

With  kind  regards  to  Mrs.  Edison 
and  yourself. 


“'^DcvdioM,  SfcuHjort.” 



SCcaa  ©jjicc : 

S2  ©ItticRcfe  SfaacjovC', . SGth-April-j . 1  9-.-iq.. 






AMV  2-  ;sio 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  am  immensely  indebted 
to  you  for  the  friendly  interest  signified 
by  your  letter  of  the  9th.  indioating  your 
aoquiosoenoe  in  the  suggestion  that  the 
new  store  batteries  should  be  exhibited  in 
Glasgow,  and  pointing  out  the  difficulties 
in  the  way  which  may  be  removed  by  your  ne¬ 
gotiations  with  a  manufacturing  Corporation 
in  this  country. 

I  thoroughly  ho  pe  that 
these  negotiations  may  be  completed  in  time 
for  the  Jiravel  Exhibition,  but  if  not,  an 
opportunity  would  arise  in  connection  with 
the  larger  Exhibition  to  be  hold  in  Glasgow 
in  May  of  next  year. 

In  the  raeanti  me,  I  would 
like  you  to  give  me  the  privilege  of  repres¬ 
enting  you  in  the  matter.  I  would  also  like 
to  suggest  that  we  might  make  arrangements, 
whereby  I  might  be  more  extensively  interested 
in  this  great  epoch-making  development  by  be¬ 
coming  the  representative  in  Scotland,  and 
applying  my  whole  thoughts  to  the  problem, 
as  I  would  be  most  glad  to  do. 

You  can  understand  what 
an  important  proposition  it  seems  to  me,  and 
how  willing  I  would  be  to  run  over  to  New 
York,  arid  discuss  the  matter  with  you,  if 
you  think  it  has  theelements  of  an  arrange¬ 
ment  in  it. 

You  have  been  very  kind, 
and  sympathetic  in  your  letters  to  me,  and  I 
appreciate  this  very  much,  as  i  am  sure  that 




DCcad  Office  : 

82  01titcfic££  Sttivl,  §(a&c^o\$', . 




that  it  shows  the  ppirit  I  expeoted, 
from  my  all^too=brief  personal  assoc¬ 
iation  with  you. 

I  enclose  a  print  which  will 
interest  you,  and  which  I  think  will  in¬ 
dicate  to  you  that  I  have  had  other  diffi¬ 
culties  to  deal  with,  besides  my  large  and 
greatly  disappointing  loss  in  the  jjunderland, 
and  Edison  Ore  businesses,  whioh  I  am  now 
beginning  to  forget. 

With  kindest  regards  to  Mrs. 
Edison,  and  cordial  congratulations  to 
you,  I  am, 


Yours  sincerely,  / 




P.  S.  1  shall  make  enquiries  in  auth¬ 
oritative  quarters,  with  regard  to  the 
law  limitations  to  whioh  you  refer. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  EBq, , 


©Ma  Halley  lExynsitiutt 




AUGUST  29™  jo  SEPTEMBER  24™,  1910  ^ 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
„  West  Orange 









tf™  «e>  i 

I  am  taking  the  liberty'  of  enclosing  herewith, 
clipping  from  recent  issue  of  the  "Times-Star"  (Mr. 
itself8  Iaft's  PQPer)  of  thiB  City,  which  speaks  for 

_  Subject  to  the  usual  shortcomings  of  reporters' 

work,  this  echos  our  sentiments  here,  and. I  trust 
meets  your  approval.  We  are  negotiating  for  one  of 
your  Edison-Beach  cars, which  we  expect  to  make  a  great 
fuss'  about  to  the  honor  and  glory  of  all  concerned. 

We  have  just  received  word  from  our  emissary 
m  Paris,  which  states  that  Ex-President  Roosevelt,  heantily 
endorses  the  Ohio  Valley  Exposition,  and  is  endeavoring 
to  arrange  to  formally  open  the  same,  for  us,  on  the  29th. 
of  August. 

,  ..  ,  President  Taft  will  be  here  one  whole  week 

at  the  close  of  the  Exposition,  and  we  cherish  the  hope 
that  you  will  give  us  further  consideration  along 
the  line  of  honoring  us  with  your  presence  at  some  time 
b®twe®a  the  4th  and  the  18th  of  September,  on  the  occasion 
of  a  Thomas  A.  Edison  Day",  a  programme  for  which  we  will 
arrange  and  submit  to  you  for  consideration  and  advice 
at  an  early  day. 

The  Ci;ty  of  Cincinnati  is  most  anxious  to  fore¬ 
close  any  claim  it  may  have  on  you,  by  reason  of  your 
connection  with  this  City  in  your  earlier  days. 

Thanking  you  for  any  further  consideration, 
you  may  give  this  matter,  I  have  the  honor  to  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 



Commissioner  General. 



©Ido  ilctlky  'Lxynrittimt 





AUGUST  R9th  JO  SEPTEMBER  24™,  |9|o 




AARON  iTsT-fx^ 





F.  B.  DAVISON,  Commissioner  Oenon 






'■  -m 


Commissioner  Davidson  Pays 
Visit,  to  Great  Inventor. 

r  “Mvns  surprised^ by  my  reception 


Wizard  May  Participate  in  Cel¬ 
ebration  of ‘  Edison  Day.  ’  ’ 

"At  the  same  time  I  learned  a  lesson 
i  1  hope  never  to  forget— that  u  busy 
;  1  man  doesn’t  mind  talking  to  you  if 

!  I  U.  Is  along  tho  same  lino  as  the  work 


Storage  BatteryStreetCarMay 
Be  One  of  Show’s  Exhibits. 

i  |  he  Is  ongagcd  in,  but  he  doesn’t  like 
j  !  to  have  his  attention  d  Ivor  ted  to 
j  '  something  olse^  r  arrived'  in  New 
York  Saturday  and  sent  a  telegram 
to  Mr.  Edison,  asking  him  if  it  would 


•  "Thomas  A.  Edison  Day"  tit  the  Ohio 
Vnlley  exposition,  In  Cincinnati,*  this 
-summer.  Commissioner  General  F. 
B.  DnvIdson  of  the  exposition  went 

ho  convenient  tor  me.  to  call  on  him 
,  Unit  afternoon,  or  Monday  morning. 
Having  not  heard  from  him  by  Sat- 
i  1  nrday  night,  I  called  him  up  on  tho 
i  .  long-distance  telephone.  I  repeated 
my  telegraphic  query  to  him. 



and  secured  the  promise  of  coopera¬ 
tion  from  tho  groat  inventor,  who 
also  promised  to  give  consideration 
to  Mr.  Davidson's  invitation  to  him 
to  personally  participate  In  tho  day's 

!  my  battery,  pome;'  otherwise,  not,* 

U  was  his  reply*,  showing  that  he  Is  n 
f  concentratlonist  and  didn’t  want  his 

I  trend  of  thought  diverted  from  the 
;  immediate'  subject.  in  hand.  I  as- 

i  I  wanted  to  talk,  about,  and  he  told 

"  One  of  tiie  Edlsou  novelties  which 
the  exposition  ihanagers  are  consid¬ 
ering  as  an  attraction  is  an  Edfson- 

i  me  he  would  be  at  work  on  Ills  bat- 
j  lory  all  day  Monday  and  to  come  any 

i  -  "When  I  arrived  at  his  office  and 


liatteries,  without! ’the  use  of  trolley 
poles  or  wires.  Tlie  only,  car  that 

operation  In  Now  York  city,  whore  It 

!  .workshop  the  man-  who  took  my 

an  ofllce  lioy.  Mr.  Edison  got  up  and 
meet  me.  I  toh^hlm  of°our°forlh- 


Is  attracting  attention  from  thou¬ 
sands  of  visitors.  *—  , 

It  will  be  necossary.for  the  expos!-  ’■ 
tlon  authorities  to.  buy  the**cnr  at  a  '• 
cost  of  $0,600.  and  sell  it  again  at 

comir.g  exposition  and  told  liimN  we 
wanted  hiH  support, 
v"  ‘I’m  glad  to  see  Cincinnati  Is 
waking  up,’  he  said.  '1.  have  a  warm 


the  conclusion  of  the  expedition.  ' 
The  body  of  the  car  Is  18  feet  long,  ; 
•with  four-foot  vestibule  platforms. 
The  width  at  the  sills  Is  six  feet  six 

place  in  my  .  heart  for  Cincinnati. 

.  von  can  say  I  may  bo  there  for  your 
i  exposition/  ” 

i  t0?k  wlth  him  letter 


Inches.  .  Tho  seating  capacity  of  tho 
of  thox  ordinary  street  cur,  which  ' 

the  operation  of  the  cn Ms  burnished 
by  200  storage  battery  cells,  which  , 
(HoreMit*  m,der  1,1  e  80at8*  Power  Is  • 

i  or  Introduction  from  Prof.  John  L. 

{  Shearer,  superlniitndont  of  the  Ohio 
i  Mechanics’  institute.  Mr.  Edison  ns 
:  a  . young  man  prosecuted  u  part  of  his 
\  research  work  in  the  Institute. 

.vun  (ho  car  160  .  miles.  Ten  addi-  . 
tiona)  cells,  furnish  the  light,  thus 
preventing  the  dim  lighting  encoun¬ 
tered  when  the  ordinary  .street  car 

Is  pulling  a  heavy  fond  up-grade. 

I  f  #f  ; 

raphlc  Add,...-  '  ,  /  ^'V  '  tA  * 

,cDa&uxx>{-  Glasgow."  /'TN  Q 

h“"r'  XJ-oXaca 

j£i United. 

82  Swt,  S^WCJ^/ . 



i*~sckai  i « l  /-X 

x<t>  *3!^#  Q-e>w 

Dear  Mr. 

^r^4iu  ' 

I  have/*been  hoping  to  ~ ^ 
hear  from  you,  in  reply  to  my  letter  ^eT»u^ 

of  the  20th  April.  fi 

I  hope  I  did  not  make 

any  unreasonable  suggestion,  and  that  I 

you  may  be  disposed  to  permit  me  to  tf77~ 

run  over  and  see  you,  that  we  may,  if  >■ 

possible,  make  some  arrangement  that  I  f\ / 

would  be  to  the  mutual  advantage,  if  y-ccta^STW  *'w '56f  / 

that  be  practicable.  |  -  / 

I  can  well  understand  (J~G*>*!*&**t Ar“ 

that  with  the  multitude  of  matters  which  L  L 

absorb  your  time  and  attention,  this  may,/  ^ 
for  the  moment,  have  been  overlooked.  fe-W  vtCfp‘*7''  W**H 
It  occurs  to  me  to  I  y  d  — 

mention  a  rather  important  proposition,  u>Jt£-  is*^*™*-'*-* 
which  has  been  Bhown  to  mo  recently,  and 
in  whioh  you  might  be  interested.  ' 

An  Engineer  in  Glasgow  \T  \  \S 

has  invented  a  Suction  Gas  Plant,  on  a  new  .  -  -A.,  t**, 

system,  which  effects  an.;eoonomy,  of  Bome-''A,v'  >./ 

thing  like  sixfcy  per  cent  in  the  cost  and^~  j*  \ 
efficiency  of  Engines  up  to  one  thousand  yl 
Horse  Power  or  more,  by  the  use  of  dross 
in  stead  of  Anthracite  ooal. 

The  invention  is  acknow¬ 
ledged  by  very  eminent  authorities  here 
to  be  vastly  important,  and  a  big  English 
Syndicate  are  trying  to  negotiate  the  rights. 

It  occurred  to  me  that  it 
was  a  matter  whioh  might  interest  you,  and 
in  which  you,  or  Borne  of.  your  friendB,  might 
wish  to  be  interested,  at  any  rate,  so  far  [\ 
as  the  American  rlghtB  are  concerned. 




cDa£rioM_  Glasgow.” 



3Cu*3  Office: 

82  ‘MilXeff.  SWfc,  3&U>qov}', 

,r*h-  I  would  be  very  pleased  to  get 

you  full  particulars,  if  you  think  it 
worth  while. 

I  need  hardly  say  that  I  have 
satisfied  myself  that  the  invention  1b 
important,  and  far  reaching  in  its  effects, 
rendering  it  possible,  amongst  other  things, 
to  make  this  power  applicable  to  Ocean  go¬ 
ing  VesselB,  and  a«y-  other  directions  of  equal 

I  understand  that  the  present 
system  of  Suction  Gas  no  advantage,  as 
compared  with  coal,  in  Engines  over  two 
hundred  Horae  Power,  and  that  this  new 
system  carries  this  advantage  to  a  praot- 
ically  unlimited  power. 

This  is  a  point,  the  import¬ 
ance  of  which  you  will  understand  much 
better  than  I  do. 

Obviously  there  are  other  ad¬ 
vantages  which  would  be  equally  manifest 
to  your, mind. 

Kindly  let’  me  have  a  line  at  your 
earliest  convenience,  as  l  have  asked  the  peo¬ 
ple  concerned  to  delay  matters  until  I  have 
oommunicated  with  you. 

With  kind  regards,  I  am. 

Yours  sincerely. 

Thomas  A;  Edison  Esq. 




<f-  (So., 

Our  1  Y/iolcsale  Stock 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison 
Orange.,  N.  J. 
Dear  Mr.  Edison 

onocjrap/s  and  ^Records 

and  ^/III  Supplies. 

Jlo.  5  Jlort/i  Seventh  Street. 

Richmond,  va.  s»Pt-  v**..  iam. 


See  through  our  local  papws  you  contemplate  coming  ... 
»  IAaAj  So  J 

tlto  come  please  advise  me  and  I 
tLeojt.  LXA-es^M"*— <~/£ y-i-'S 
)  you/enjoy  yourself (while  here. 

fs.^lSre  s^fjw arbu^an  up  to 
•e/?%hich  I  can  en- 

here  during  the  State  Pair,  ’it  you  inter** 
will  see  that  no  opportunity  i shjo s t*" t o\h 
Want  you  to  make  our  place  youkW®fci-<?t^?ers.'' 
date  Edison  Phonograph  store.  Hotel  accommodations  here l 
gage  for  you,  will  be  fine. 

It  will  be  one  of  the  greatest doogtta  Jtft  the  Edison 
goods  in  the  South  if  you  will  visit  Richmond,  because  you  do  otftknow  the 
admiration  the  Southern  people  have  for  you.  If  there  is  any  possible  way 
for  you  to  come  please  do  so.  You  can  take  a  night  train  frorffNewark  and 
arrive  here  in  time  for  breakfast,  returning  it  is  equally ;asV«ood.  Please 
let  me  hear  from  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 

October  5th,  1910. 

Mr.  Ft  L.  Dyer: 

Referring  to  the  Boston  Mechanics  Exposition  which 
opened  on  Monday: 

Would  respectfully  advise  that  our  exhibit  is  the 
finest  thing  in  the  show,  and  quite  the  best  display  of  our 
goods  that  I  have  ever  seen. 

She  exhibit  in  question  dominates  the  entire  show, 
and  is  arranged  on  the  stage  which  oooupies  almost  the  entire 
width  of  the  main  building  which  is  called  "Grand  Hall," 
which  we  have  made  into  an  auditorium  and  which  will  seat  ap¬ 
proximately  300  people,  besides  having  ample  aisle  space  to 
take  care  of  the  over-flow. 

It  is  brilliantly  lighted,  with  four  immense  plate 
glasB  windows  in  the  front,  which  act  as  show  windows  from 
which  our  goods  can  be  seen  by  every  one  on  the  floor. 

These  windows  are  draped,  and  enables  us  to  darken  the  stage 
and  give  moving  picture  shows,  which  is  done  about  each  hour 
during  the  afternoon  and  evening. 

We  have  secured  the  loan  of  eight  oil  paintings,  one 
of  which  is  valued  at  §3,000.  and  which  adorn  the  walls  of 
this  auditorium. 

Conservatively,  we  had  aboiit  2,500  visitors  on  Monday, 
who  spent  considerable  time  in  the  exhibit,  and  assuming  we 
win  have  than  many  or  more  each  day  for  the  next  four  weeks, 
there  will  be  posBibly  60,000  to  70,000  people  who  will  not 
only  see  the  moving  pictures,  but  who  are  listening  to  the 
Phonographs  under  the  most  favorable  condition,  and  who  spend 
at  least  half  an  hour  in  the  booth. 

The  two  rooms  off  the  stage  are  oooupied  by  the  Bos¬ 
ton  Jobbers,  and  immediately  after  the  moving  picture  shows, 
the  doors  are  thrown  open,  giving  direct  aooeBB  into  these 
rooms,  and  they  thus  obtain  their  share  of  the  visitors. 

Pown  in  front  of  the  stage  the  Mis  on  Business  Phono¬ 
graph  Co. ,  ana  the  Bates  Oo.,  are  exhibiting  on  one  side  of 
the  main  entrance,  ana  on  the  other  siae  are  the  Edison  Stor¬ 
age  Batteries;  the  Edison  Primary  Cells  and  the  Edison  Pro¬ 
jecting  Machine, 

As  an  advertising  feature  I  think  this  display  will 
he  worth  all  that  it  costs,  and  1  would  respectfully  suggest 
that  it  would  he  well  worth  while  for  the  heads  of  Departments 
to  visit  this  exhibit  if  they  can  go. 

Am  attaching  hereto  some  of  the  advertisements  and 
newspaper  notices  which  I  picked  up  during  my  short  stay  in 
Boston.  In  addition  to  this  the  eight  sheet  poster® 
which  have  been  used  for  advertising  the  show  all  contain 
the  Ihoraas  A,  Edison  announcement,  and  we  have  already  se¬ 
cured  a  great  deal  of  publicity  in  that  way,  I  also  un¬ 

derstand  that  the  newspapers  in  almost  all  of  Hew  England 
are  being  favored  with  some  advertisements,  and  have  also 
had  newspaper  notices  regarding  the  show. 

She  show  continues  until  October  29th. 

Copies  to: 

Messrs.  M-lson;  Weber;  MoOhesney;  Y7m.  Pelaar;  Berggren;  Stevens 
Durand;  Bee;  Hudson;  John  Pelxer;  Burnham,  Jr. 

1910.  Fort  Myers  (D-10-41) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
maintenance  of  Edison's  home  and  property  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  Among  the 
items  for  1910  are  letters  regarding  remodeling  of  the  house,  storm  damage, 
plantings,  and  materials  ordered.  There  are  also  letters  concerning  travel  plans 
and  electrical  supplies  ordered  from  the  West  Orange  laboratory  by  Frederick 
P.  Ott  in  Florida. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  bills,  receipts,  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  and  items  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 

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Mr.  3?.  A.  Edison, 

orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  sirs 

Tours  of  the  6th  lust,  received  vri/6h  check  for 
$2,000. oo,  -vdiich  amount  1  have  placed  tq'your  credit  with 
thanks.  / 

I  also  received  your  letter  this  morning  stating  that 
your  assistants  would  reach  he re /by  January  26th  and  for  me 
to  arrange  for  their  board,  wtyfah  I  will  do.' 

1  wired  you  several/lays  ago  that  the  house  would  be  in 
readiness  by  the  20th  inst /  I  really  believe  that  we  will 
have  it  ready  by  thel  16ty or  18th,  but  preferred  to  be  sure 
about  the  matter.  /Consequently,  I  stated  the  20th.  I  expect 
to  have  'everything/ ready  for  oooupahoy  by  that  time  and  in 
good  shape,  and  I  (believe  you  will  be  pleased  with  all  of  it 
when  you  see  it.  \y 

proctor  &  Company 

Importers  of 

Bntique  anb  flfcobern  Draperies 

Jfnbrlcs  for  Mall  anb  jfiirntturc  Goverliip, 

BjmbrotDcrlco . tapestries . ©dental  IRutio 

Eclcpbone,  4478  Cbclsca.  IfoeW  JPorh,  -Jan-  11, . 1910,190 

Mrs .  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  ?ark, 

Oraugo,  H.  J. 

Dear  Madam 

I  was  sorry  to  miss  you  to-day  when  you  called  at  the 

store.  1  received  from  Mr.  Dodds  the  message  which  you  loft,  and 

regarding  the  same  would  say  that  v/e  have  ordered  the  car  for  Friday 

morning.  It  will  be  at  the  P.  R.  R.  freight  yards,  which  are  at 

37  Dtreet  &  North  Rive^'hN.  Y.  .  it  would  be  impossible  for  the  car 
to  stop  at  Newark  as  the  car  is  loaded  before  leaving  the  yard,  and 
cannot  be  opened  again  until  it  reaches  its  destination. 

I.t  will  bo  necessary  for  the  car  to  be  loaded  completely  on 
Friday  in  order  that  it  may  leave  the  yard  Friday  night,  or  Saturday 
morning.  The  probabilities  are  that  it  will  leave  Friday  night. 

fhay  inform  us  that  the  car  can  remain  over,  but  will  charge  so 
much  a  day,  I  think  55-00  a  day  for  tho  car  remaining  in  the  yard 
if  "ot  filled  up  tho  day  for  which  it  is  engaged  for. 

The  Pennsylvania  people  will  not  give  any  positive  assurance 
as  to  the  length  of  time  the  car  will  take  in  reach  Fort  Myers,  but 
they  assure  us  that  it  will  go  straight  through,  and  this  is  as  much 
as  >"a  can  got  out  of  them. 

'7e  will  send  our  first  load  over  very  early  on  Friday  morning, 
and  1  hopo  that  Mr.  Hdisnn  will  bo  able  to  get  his 

truck  with  such 

Iproctor  &  Company 

tmportere  of 

antique  anb  flfcobern  Draperies 

Jfabrlcs  lot  IRflnU  anb  Jfittiiltnrc  (Covering, 

Sjinbrolbcrlco . (Cnpcatrles . ©rlcntal  TRupa 

144  5tb  avenue.  Uclepboiic,  447S  Cbelaca.  IReW  U?Orh,  190 

things  as  he  wants  to  ship  clown  as  early  an  possible  in  order  to  avoid 
any  delay. 

"'ill  you  kindly  let  me  Know  if  I  an  to  purchase  the  wash  basin  and 
pitcher  set  for  the  uuest  Room,  for  which  i  have  purchased  the  enamel 

'.'/ill  you  also  advise  me  if  you  have  found  a  bureau  for  tho  boys! 
room?  J  understood  you  were  to  'phone  me  about  this.  There  should  be 
no  time  lost  if  this  is  to  go  down  with  the  other  goods. 

y/e  have  not  yet  received  tho  old  rollers  for  the  window  shades  in 
tho  old  Llewellyn  Park  House.  Did  you  send  them?  If  not,  will  you 
please  send  them,  so  that  the  matter  can  be  gotten  under  way  and  wound 

The  cushions  for  which  you  gave  Mr.  Dodds  an  order,  are  they  all 
for  the  South?  I  will  put (the  cretonne  covers  in  work  for  the  boys'  room. 

I  yours  very  truly, 

PkOuTuK  a 


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Dear  Sir: 

Down  here  in  Florida  where  I  spend 
my  winters,  they  have  jUBt  erected  a  large 
Orange  Packing  House.  Of  the  total  Oranges  and 
Grape-fruit  shipped,  about  50,000  boxes  are  , 
rejected  and  thrown  away.  8“  : 

I  have  spoken  to  the  President,  Mr. 
Hoitman,  suggesting  that , they .write  you  and 
ascertain  if  you  would  handle  the* product ,  if 
they . ,wo.i^ld , put r i n,a  pijess^and  express  the 
jttice  from  'the " Drddge  s '  ail'd ' G'tap e -fruit  and 

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wholesale  and  retail  grocers. 

May  30th,  1910. 

eraitod,  the  monkey  cage  moved  and  the  ohioken  house  built 
ani  hftpe  to  got  the  swimming  pool  started  next  weak.  Have 
also  had  lo^la  spray  all  the  trees  thoroughly. 

I  have  not  heard  from  you  in  reply  to  my  letter 
ila  regard-  to  making  a  change  of  men.  Whatever  your  wishes 
are,  j  will  be  ^lad  to  comply  therewith,  We  have  had  some 


^/oa/oeia/i(dc/iee/  S^leam/ieat'S^tM) 

MENGE  BROS.,  Owners 

Tlmimts  h-  griisnn,  flnmta,  Smimurr,  Ngnnzn,  gmiitulr,  TOng  and  ^ndrns 


July  14th,  '10 

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Would  it  he  possible  for  us  to  interest  you  enough  in  our 
behalf  to  induce  you  to  loan  us  One  or  Two  Thousand  Dollars  at  Dive 
Per  Cent  for  one  year? 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison. 


Dear  Priend:  - 

We  are  fitting  up  the  Steamer  Suwanee  for  the  run  to  Okeechobee 
and  possibly  as  far  as  Kissimmee.  We  have  bought  a  steel  Hull  Steamer 
105  X  20  and  this  has  caused  us  to  run  short. 

If  you  can  arrange  this  for  us  it  would  confer  a  great  favor. 
We  can  give  Mortgage  if  you  wish.  At  present  we  own  the  following  Boats: 
T.  A.Edison,  Suwanee  ,Uneeda,  Ralph  Barker ,  One  Power  Barge  (capacity  6  cars) 
and  four  napth*  launches,  also  one  set  Steam  Ways  valued  at  (410,000) 

Ten  Thousand  Dollars. 

We  have  no  incumberences  on  any  of  our  property. . 

An  early  reply  will  be  greatly  appreciated  .Hoping  yourself 
and  Pamily  enjoying  good  Health, 

We  are  yourB  respectfully, 

proctor  &  Company 

Bill  potters  or 

Hntique  anb  flfcobern  Draperies 

Jfabrlca  tor  Ufflall  anO  Jfutnitute  dooerlng, 
Embroideries . tapestries . ©rlental  TRugo 

Selepbone,  5302  nBurcas  filll.  IReW  POfh,  ■j-5*  191^ 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mrs.  Edison: - 

A  couple  of  days  I  sent  over  some  boxes,  by  express, 

which  wire  for  use  in  packing  away  the  various  hangings  in  your  rooms, 

and  the  men  we ro  sent  out  this  morning  to  take  them  down.  I  think  they 
will  be  able  to  take  them  all  down  and  pack  them  properly  before 
Saturday  noon. 

’.Then  I  saw  you  the  other  day  I  meant  to  ask  you  if!  you  would  be  so 

kind  as  to  send  me  a  check  for  the  balance  of  the  port  :-eyer  account, 

which  is  $4372.73.  I  regrot  very  much  to  be  obliged  to  ask  you  for  this, 
but  tho  fact  of  the  natter  is  that  i  am  extremely  short  of  funds  at 
present,  and  wo  are  having  some  very  large  payments  to  make  now  for  goods 
received  during  th?  season.  If  you  could  help  mo  out  to  this  extent  at 
this  time,  it  would  be  very  greatly  appreciated,  and  the  remainder  of 
the  account  could  3tand  ovor  until  early  fall. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  courtesy  in  the  matter,  I  am. 

mew  Both. 

Mrs.  T.  A.  Edison, 
Llewellyn  Park, 

Mr.  ffhoraae  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,  H.  J. 

Dear  sir; 

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Department  of  Agriculture  ana  1  immediately  went  out  t6  JC)^ 

Bee  Hr.  Hoyle  in  order  that  I  might  make  a  report  as  re-  T  *4 
quested,  gat  he  states  that  the  plants  were  never  receiv-  ^  / 
ed  by  him  from  the  department  and  1  have  so  advised  the  de-  _/ 

Yours  truly. 

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1910.  Legal  Department  (D-10-43) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
activities  of  the  Legal  Department,  a  centralized  office  for  the  consideration  of 
legal  matters  involving  the  Edison  companies.  Included  are  items  that  pertain 
to  litigation  or  to  the  organization  of  companies,  as  well  as  items  that  address 
general  concerns  of  corporate  structure  and  financial  and  legal  responsibility. 
Most  of  the  documents  for  1910  consist  of  letters  and  memoranda  to  or  from 
Frank  L.  Dyer,  general  counsel  of  the  Legal  Department,  concerning 
settlements  with  injured  employees,  the  proposed  annexation  of  the  Silver  Lake 
section  of  Belleville  to  Newark,  the  organization  of  an  engineering  department 
at  the  West  Orange  laboratory,  and  Dyer's  personal  investment  in  the 
Condensite  Co.  of  America. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  perfunctory  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  memoranda  arranging  or  inquiring  about  litigious  matters, 
documents  of  a  personal  nature,  and  items  that  duplicate  information  in 
selected  material. 



Newark,  N.  J . ,  January  8th,  1910. 

Frank  L.  Dyer,  EBq., 

legal  Department  Nat'l  Phono,  Co,, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

There  are  three  matters  that  1  desire  to  see  you  about 

First,  the  case  of  Minchin,  who  had  three  fingers 
cut  off  at  the  Silver  lake  plant  and  whom  we  offered  a  settle¬ 
ment  of  ten  dollars  a  week  for  three  months  and  $250,  in  cash. 

He  declined  this  settlement  at  the  time  and  said  he  would  see 
us  later  about  it.  He  and  his  father  called  at  the  office 
yesterday  and  said  they  wer&  willing  to  settle  for  $1000.  and 
the  .amount  of  the  doctor's  bills,  which  would  be  probably 
within  $100. 

Second,  the  ■Bnjployers  liability  Act.  This  subject 
was  before  the  laBt  session  of  the  legislature  and  will  doubt¬ 
less  come  up  again  this  winter.  There  is  much  to  be  said  on 
this  subject  and  there  is  considerable  correspondence  in  your 
files  which  will  bring  the  reasons  for  our  action  last  winter 
before  you,  i»hlch  X  can  explain  in  an  interview. 

Third,  the  probable  annexation  of  Belleville,  which 
includes  Silver  lake,  with  the  city  of  Newark.  This  we  have 
opposed  for  several  years  for  many  reasons.  The  principle 
iivolved  being  that  the  taxeB  on  the  Silver  lake  plant  will 
doubtless  be  increased  by  annexation.  This  is  another  broad 
subjeot  and  one  on  which  considerable  correspondence  existB, 
but  which  I  can  alBO  enter  into  fully  in  an  interview,  if  you 
desire  that. 

If  convenient  to  you  I  should  like  to  see  you  about 
the  13th,  14th  or  15th  inst,  to  discuss  these  matters  with  yout 
or,  if  you  prefer,  you  can  advise  me  by  letter. 

I  have  hot  received  any  acknowledgement  of  my  letter 
advising'  you  of  the  settlement  of  the  HaaB  case  and  presume 
this  has  escaped  your  attention. 


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THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  President. 

W.  S.  MALLORY,  Vice-President. 

H.  T.  MILLER,  Secretary-Treasurer. 



Silver  Lake,  n.  J.,  pet>.is/io. 

Mr.  ?.  Ti.  Dv  er. 

Orange,  IT.  J, 

Dear-  sir:- 

I  think  it  would  be  an  excellent  idea  for  us  to  push  tile 
anexAtlon  of  silver  Take^  to  Newark-  on  account  of  f i  refr.egul* 
art-tons.  As  you  know.  the;. service  from  Belleville  is  nothin* 
and- we  have  to  depend  on  the  gopd  will  of  Bloomfield  and  Newark 
to  help  us.  At  present  we  find  .that- from  our  different  hydrants 
and  fire-hose  connect i ons.  we  can  use  only  three  streams  to  any 
advantage,  as  the  street  supply  is  not  sufficiently  large.  If 
we  could  get  into  Newark,  thSt(  would  make  extra  connections  so 
that  our  supply  would  he  abundant,  and  also  wo  should  have  the 
advantage  o'  the  Immediate,  service-of  the  fir.e  departments' 

iliere  is-  another  yfay  of  getting  thjs  ejxtra  supply,  but  it 
costs  us  . from  $SOO-<5i;qo  and  that. is  to  pay  to  Newark  water  de¬ 
partment,  the  expose  o*  laying  about- -3-400  ft.  of  mains..  The 
Newark  Dept. ,-:-wlll  do  this  work  foi*  us  at  Once  as  i  have  already 
seen  thenl  On  the  prop'ostion. 

I  should  like  to  have  vO’tir -opinion  on  the  subject.  You  know 
that  the  people  here  at  Silver  take  have  been  agitating  the  ques¬ 
tion  of  annexation  to  Newark  for  a  year  or  more  and  r  believe,  if 
we  push  the  thinlg,  it  would  go  through,  'lie  only  opposition  is 
by  Hendricks, a  copper  manufacturer  in  Soho. 

Yours  sincerely. 

February  18,  1910. 

Mr.  John  V.  Millor, 

Ketison  Chemical  Works,. 

Silver  Lalce,  IT.  J. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Mour  favor  of  the  16th  inot. ,  lias  been  re¬ 
ceived.  Sometime  ago  tho  question  was  brought  to  my  attention 
by  Mosers.  Helm  Si  Knight  whether  wo  should  continue  to  opposo  the 
schomo  to  annox  Silvor  Lako  to  ITowark  as  wo  had.  dono  in  tho  past, 
and  upon  discussing  it  with  Mr.  Kdison  we  both  thought  that  it 
would  no  unwise  to  opposo  this  proposition  any  longor.  In  tfiow 
of  tho  fact  that  it  was  only  quite  rocontly  that  wo  woro  vlolontly 
opposing  this  proposition,  it  sooms  to  mo  that  it  might  bo  woll  for 
us  to  wait  a  little  loggor  boforo  coming  out  in  favor  of  it.  It 
might 'bo  difficult  for  us  to  effoctivoly  explain  our  change  in  .  \ 
attitude.  On  the  other  hand  the  withdrawal  of  our  opposition  would\ 
probably  rosult  in  the  legislation  going  through,  booauso  I  under¬ 
stand  that  tho  settlement,  is  distinctly  in  favor  of  it.  Should 

tho  annoxation  take  plaoe,  I  understand  that  tho  question  of  fire 
protection  will  bo  takon  care  of,  and,  therefore,  it  might  bo  woll 
to  do  nothing  with  the  suggestion  of  putting  in  an  extra  man  as 
you  suggest,  at  least  until  we  hoar  that  nothing  will  be  done  for 
sometime  with  tho  annexation  proposition..  I  undorstand  that  you 
aro  turning  ovor  to  tho  battery  Co. ,  chemicals  as  manufactured  by 
you,  and  that  you  do  not  carry  any  considorablo  stock  of  ‘thorn  at 

Mr'.  John  v.  Miller. 



Silvor  Lake,  do  that  in  case  of  fire  tho  situation  might  not  ho  bo 
had.  ■ 

If  you  do  not  agree  with  me  in  this  mattor,  lot  mo 
]mov7,  and  I  will  bo  very  glad  to  talk  it  ovor  with  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Vice  President  and  Oonoral  Counsol. 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  President.  W.  S.  MALLORY,  Vice-President.  II.  r.  MILLER,  Secretary-Treasurer. 



Silver  Lake,  n.  J.,  FeD.S3/io. 

Mr.  F.  Tj.  Dyer, 

TOd Ison  Storage  Battery  Oo., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Slr:- 

Xn  reply  to  yours  or  Feb.  IRth,  regarding  the  Question  of 
extra  water  supply  here  at  our  plant.  It  would  seem  to  me  that 
something  ought  to  be  done  at  once,  as  we  are  running  a  big  risk 
under  the  present  conditions.  As  explained  before,  we  can  now 
use  only  two  streams  of  water  to  any  advantage .  Could  not  the 
-question  be  Investigated  to  see  what  progress  is  being  flade,  and 
whether  or  not "there  Is  a  chance  of  the  annexation, shortly?  If" 
this  cannot  be  brought  about  within  a  year,  as  some  people  think 
to  my  mind  it  would  be  well  to  have  the  extra  main  put  in.  Pos¬ 
sibly  we  could  arrange  with  Newark  to  do  the  work  now,  and  If  the 
annexation  goes  through  to  return  to  us  our  payments  or  at  least 
a  good  share  of 



New  York,  February  25th,  1910. 

Prank  L.  Dyer,  Esq., 

General  Counsel' of  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  propose  to  bring  an  action  in  the  Supreme  Court  of 
this  State  against  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  for  injuries 
suffered  by  one  Madeline  J.  iVinckler  while  in  the  employ  of  your 
corporation  and  I  would  thank  you  to  give  me  the  names  of  your 
attorneys  here  upon  whom  I  can  Berve  the  complaint  on  behalf  of  the 

Die.  P.  Yours  respectfully, 

Mr.  John  V.  Millor, 

Edison  Chomioal  Vovka, 

Silvor  Lake ,  II.  ,T. 

Dour  Mr.  -Miller: 

Yours  of  the  25rd  has  boon  rooeivod,  and  in  accord- 
anoo  with  your  request  I  im  now  looking  into  tho  annotation  propo¬ 
sition  and  will  adviso  you  thoroon  as  soon  as  possible  and  particu¬ 
larly  as  to  tho  probability  of  spoody  annotation.  If  t  find 
that  thoro  appears  to  bo  no  immediate  pronpoot  of  bringing  about 
a  consolidation  of  Bollovillo  and  IJawark  I  will  lot  you  know  so 
that  youoan  toko  the  nooessary .^^ps  to  have  the  proper  wntor 
mains  in st alio,  and  if  possible  make  an  arrangement  with  Uowark  so 
as  to  havo  at  loast  ::  part  of  tho  osponoo  roinbursod  to  you  in 
oaoe  tho  annotation  ochono  goes  into  offoot. 

Yours  vory  truly, 


Gonoral  Counsel- 

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Memorandum  r rECE1VED 

A  \  FEB  2S  1910 

A  ]/  rr  r,  scull. 

Ur.  Ifrecnk  I.  Dyer,  \  *  V _ — — 

Referring  to  the  attached  letter,  Mr.  Plimpton  in¬ 
forms  me  that  an  accident  occurred  to  the  person  mentioned 
tliorein  (whose  3tage  name  is  Broughton)  last  Spring.  She  was 
engaged  to  make  a  jump  of  six  or  eight  feet  and  a  mattress  was 
provided  for  her  to  jump  on.  She  sprained  her  knee  and  later, 
vater  on  the  knee,  set  in.  The  nutter  wa3  than  taken  up  last 
Sumner  with  Ur.  V/ilson  and  Hr.  Scull  and  it  was  arranged  to 
pay  her  •ijilQO . 00  Ur.  Scull  mentioned  the  oase  to  some  of  the 
other  Manufacturers  and  they  thought  it  would  be  a  bad  precedent 
to  establish.  It  was  then  arranged  to  have  Sr,  Plimpton  pay 
her  oho  money  as  coming  from  him  personally,  but  her  husband 
thought  she  should  receive  more,  and  the  payment  was  not  made. 

Ur.  Plimpton  says  that  he  believes  Ur. Scull  Ins  the 
negative  of  the  picture  for  w  liich  she  jumped,  and  that  Mr,  Scull 
is  familiar  with  all  the  details.  Ur.  Plimpton  advises  me 
tint  he  spoke  to  you  in  regard  to  this  case  two  or  three  months 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  President.  W.  S.  MALLORY,  Vice-President.  H. 




Mr.  5*.  I,.  Dyer,  General  Counsel 

tfdlson  Storage  Battery  Oo. 

Orange,  IT.  T, 

Dear  Mr.  Dyer:- 

Tn  reply  to  yours  o’*  March  11th,  with  eclosure  from  Mir.  Knight 
regarding  extra  water  supply,  at  our  plant  tor  -fire  protection 
?/ould  say  that.  T  have  read  Mr.  Knights  letter  and  have  come  to’the 
following  conclusions: — 

PURS'!*.  Hot  to  rely  on  the  annexation  of  Newark,  at  all. 

SECOND.  Mot  to  rely  on  Belleville,  helping  us  in  extra  water 

supply  for  rire  protection  and  so  forth,  even  though  It  should  he 

THIRD.  To  arrange  with  Newark,  to  lay  the  extra  mains  and 
If  possible,  get  a  rebate,  should  the  annexation  go  through  later. 

I  have  come  to  these  conclusions  "Or  the  following  reasons. 

PIR.1T.  Prom  Mr.  Knights  letter  I  should  judge  the  annexation 
is  out  of  the  question. 

SECOND.  Should  Belleville  become  incorporated  1  do  not  be¬ 
lieve  they  would  do  anything  "or  a  long  .time,  to  give  us  any  extra 
supply  of  water,  or  fire  protection.  We  are  a  great  ways  from  the 
centre  o"  Belleville,  and  any  "Ire  Department  that  It  might  organ¬ 
ize  would  probably  not  help  ub,  vie  have  asked  them  several  times 
for  various  improvements,  and  have  had  no  satisfactory  results. 

THIRD.  We  should  arrange  at  once  for  more  water  and  I  have 
already  gotten  permission  from  Bloom"! eld  I’or  Newark  to  lay  about 
200  feet,  of  mains  through  the  Bloomfield  streets. 

Awaiting  your  decision 
letter,  I  remain 

m/hvo . 

in  the  matter  and  enclosing  Mr.  Knights 
Yours  truly. 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  President  \Y.  S.  MALLORY,  \ 

H.  F.  MILLER,  Secretnry-Trcc 

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Silver  lake,  N.  J.,  March  is,  1910. 

Mi*'.  1?,  l.  Dyer,  dene^a!  OounseL, 

3d  <  on  Phonograph  Works. 

Orange,  H.j,  j, 

Deal-  air:- 

tn  answer  to  yours  of  March  17th,  regarding  water  supply  o 
to  our' works,  would  say  thftt  X  Have  seen  the  Water  Department 
or  Newark,,  and  they  have  already  heffU”  work  on  the  laying  of 
the  add Itionpnaln.  we  shall  have  to  auply  to  the  Board  frffjllaailifch, 
for  a  rehate^and  r  shall  do  this  at  once. 

il03srs.  3?.  Wobor,  J^_Polzor,  Hudson,  Looming,  Saromba,  Dolbocr, 
*3umham,  Eairwoathor,  Brora,  Sohiffl,  Riohl,  Aikon,  W.  U.  Mlllor, 
Durand,  Dod^o:  '  *"  *'  ^ 

In  order  to  avoid  mistakos  which  have  ooourrod  in  tho 
past,  oomo  of  which  havo  boon  vory  oxponslvo ,  tho  following  rules 
must  bo  observed  in  oonnootion  with  tho  production  of  now  linos 
or  changes  in  existing  produot: 

(l)  Tho  Engineering  Department  must  bo  supplied  with 
as  complete  blue  prints  as  possiblo  of  all  linos.  Eho  Draught¬ 
ing  Department  will  comploto  bluo  prints  and  bring  thorn  up  to  date 
as  soon  as  possible  and  supply  tho  same  to  tho  Engineering  Depart¬ 
ment  . 

(2)  Anything  in  tho  way  of  a  now  produot  must  bo  first 
developed  in  tho  Engineering  Department  and  a  sample  made  under 
tho  direction  of  the  Chiof  Engineer.  In  special  oases,  where 

a  sample  is  not  necessary,  the  new  produot  is  to  bo  illustrated 
by  a  oomplote  drawing.  Che  sample  or  drawing  must  in  ovory  oase 
bo  approved  by  the  Executive  Committee  or  myBolf.  After  such 
approval,  tho  sample  or  drawing  will  be  turned  over  to  tho 
Draughting  Dopartmont  for  the  making  of  working  drawings  and  blue 
prints.  When  blue  prints  are  made,  complete  copies  must  be 
fumiohod  the  Engineering  Department  as  well  as  all  shop  depart¬ 
ments  that  may  be  indioatod  by  tho  General  Superintendent.  Under 
tho  present  arrangement,  with  tho  Draughting  Department  independent 
of  the  Engineering  Dopartmont,  tho  Draughting  Department  will  be 
hold  responsible  for  the  oorreotnoss  of  all  blue  prints  preparod 
by  them. 

(3)  Whenever  a  change  is  to  be  made  in  any  existing 
produot,  it  must  bo  first  approved  by  the  Chief  Engineer  and  then 
approved  either  by  me  or  by  the  Executive  Committee.  After  BOoh 
approval  tho  change  will  bo  indioatod  to  the  Draughting  Dopartmont 


by  tho  Enginooring  Popartmont  and  thoir  bluo  prints  corrootod. 

Each  change  will  ho  indicated  by  the  Engineering  Popartment  either 
hy  a  new  drawing  or  hy  an  Enginooring  Popartmont  "Change  llotioo", 
forms  of  which  are  alroady  in  exist  once  and  must  ho  used.  After 
tho  blue  prints  have  boon  changed  hy  tho  Pranghting  Popartment, 
they  will  ho  sent  out  to  the  various  dopartmonts  in  tho  shop  under 
diroction  of  tho  General  Superintendent.  All  employees  aro  to 
he  invited  to  mako  suggestions  hy  which  our  product  can  he  im¬ 
proved,  and  I  hand  you  horowith  copies  of  a  form  to  ho  distributed 
to  such  employees  as  you  think  host  who  may  ho  ahlo  to  make  sug¬ 
gestions.  Shese  suggestion  blanks  are  to  he  used  in  every  case 
hy  Heads  of  Popartments  os  well  as  other  employees,  and  all  sug¬ 
gestions  as  indicatod  on  those  blanks  to  he  turned  ovor  to  tho 
Enginooring  Popartment. 

(4)  Phone vo r  a  change  is  made  by  tho  Engineering  Po- 
partmont  and  approved  as  above  indicated,  the  Engineering  Popart¬ 
ment  must  immediately  notify  the  Production  and  Purchasing  Popart- 
manta  of  each  change,  in  order  that  the  records  of  those  depart¬ 
ments  may  ho  kept  correct.  All  now  products  will  ho  brought  to 
the  attention  of  tho  Production  and  Purchasing  Pepartmonts  hy 
blue  prints  and  specifications  furnished  hy  tho  Pranghting  Po¬ 
partment  . 

(5)  She  Popartment  Hoads  and  othorB  to  whom  this  is 
addressed  will  immediately  notify  their  subordinates  of  those 
regulations  and  will  ho  held  responsible  for  any  infraction  of 
those  rules  by  suoh  subordinates* 

All  communications  with  the  Enginooring  Popartment  are 
to  he  sent  to  Hr.  Sohiffl  in  tho  laboratory. 

E.  1.  PEER. 



Ur-  Holden:  'JT  4/36/10. 

I  hand  you  herewith  oopios  of  House  Bills  Hos.  24,412 
and  24,557  relating  to  trademarks ,  and  wish  you  would  advise  me 
if  wo  are  interested  in  oithor  proposition. 

FLD/iTO  p.  i.  d. 




Mr..  Holden:  '  5/4/IO. 

Hoplying  to  your  memorandum  of  the  2nd  inst.,  I  noto 
that  you  think  one  of  tho  House  Bills  should  he  opposed  and  the 
other  one  favored.  1  $ich  you  would  prepare  a  letter  which  l  o, 

sign,  addressed  to  Hr.  Ourrior,  Chairman  of  tho  House  Committee, 
giving  'your  reasons  why  tho  particular  Bill  v/hich  you  oppose 
should  in  fact  ho  opposed.  Bo  this  as  soon  as  possible,  hooauso 
there  is  always  danger  |f  tho  Committee  reporting  out  tho  Bill 
and  into  tho  House.  Tho  Bill  which  you  flavor  I  do  not 

think  requires  any  speoial  consideration  on  our  part  hooauso  it  is 
more  or  less  immaterial  whether  it  passes  or  not. 

ELB/lOT  p.  1.  d. 

Oct  / 1(3', '19 10 

Mr^Walter  Eckert  and  Piles  "  OfGf  ^ f  TQO 

Please  send  a  check  for  $  ioO'.OO" to  •••'•- 
^Konnedy,  62  Broadway,  Hew  York  City.  Phis  is  our  con¬ 
tribution  to  help  defray  the  expenses  of  the  Pittsburg 
Calcium  light  company  for  litigation  which  they  undertook 
in  attempting  to  have  a  State  law  of  Pennsylvania  declared 
unconstitutional,  this  law  affecting  all  Moving  Picture  busi¬ 
ness.  This  should  be  charged  to  legal  Expense. 


Jamos  H.  Caldwell ,  Esq., 

100  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Caldwell: 

You  have  probably  heard  me  speak  a  number  of 
times  of  a  now  material  in  which  I  am  interested  that  we 
call  "Oondensite".  It  is  a  very  wonderful  substance,  and 
really  believe  it  is  dostined  to  play  an  important  part  in 
industrial  work-  Wo  are  developing  it  through  a  company 
called  "The  Condensite  Company  of  America",  and  five  of 
W  Montclair  friends  have  subscribed  $50,000  in  cash,  for 
which  they  are  receiving  6#  preferred'  stook  at  par  and  a 
bonus  of  an  equal  amount  of  common  stock.  So  far  about 
$30,000  has  been  paid  |n  in  cash  and  the  balance  is  due  by 
January  15th. 

One  of  those  frioncis  has  found  it  necessary  to 
re duo o  his-  subscription  to  $5,000,  so  that  there  remains  an 
available  $5,000  of  preferred  stock  that  can  be  bought  and 
which  will  carry  with  it  an  equivalent  amount  of  common 
stock.-  Y/ould  you  oare  to  subscribe  to  any  of  this  stock? 

12/27/10.  NATIONAL  PHONOGRAPH  COMPANY  .  J.  H.  CaldWellr 

One  or  two  of  tho  mon  hero  have  tola  me  they  would  lilco  to 
got  in  if  possible,  but  I  doubt  if  thoy  tako  more  than 
§1,000  or  $2,000;  thoroforo,  if  you  would  like  to  have  it, 

I  can  lot  you  have  $3,000  or  $4,000  of  this  stock  on  tho 
original  terms. 

I  beliovo  it  is  a  good  thing,  but  of  course  if 
you  wont  %n  I  would  oxpoot  you  to  put  up  your  money  with  the 
idea  of  losing  it  so  that  if  you  made  anything  you  would  be 
ploasantly  surprisod. 

Yours  very  truly, 


1910.  Mining  (D-10-44) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
mining  and  ore  milling.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  mining  property  in 
Canada  and  mining  equipment  in  Australia,  as  well  as  correspondence 
enclosing  ore  samples  or  inquiring  about  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines, 
and  ores.  Other  documents  deal  with  prospecting  work  paid  for  by  Edison  and 
the  progress  of  litigation  against  the  Allis-Chalmers  Co.,  which  Edison  was 
suing  for  infringement  of  his  crushing  roll  patent.  One  letter  concerns  the  plant 
at  Dunderland,  Norway,  constructed  by  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  letters  of  transmittal  and  unsolicited 
inquiries,  some  of  which  contain  perfunctory  Edison  marginalia  indicating  the 
desirability  or  the  value  of  ores. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir, 

Acting  under  instructions  received  in  your  letter  of  the 
20th  August  teat  we  have  pleaeure  in  advising  having  disposed  of 
2S  oases  Machinery  which  wa  e  put  up  ae  Scrap  and  realised  £13:9  :- 

Thie  ie  the  beat  that  couM  be  done  owing  to  the  light 
character  of  the  'beet's,  and  aiao  to  their  peculiar  cut,  they  bein, 
of  very  little  uee  to  any  one. 

We  enclose  herewith  account  current  showing  an  amount  of 
storage  to  our  credit.  This  leaves  a  debit  against  you  of 
JE2 : 13 : 6  which,  in  view  of  unfort  mate  circumstances  ,we  have  decided 
wipe  out  end  trust  that  this  arrangement  will  meet  with  your  approv 
Regretting  the  circumetancee. 

Yours  faithfully. 

end.  1. 





r  Thee,  A.  Edison, 

New  Jeree 


.  ,  22nd  Feb  ,  f£)XO 

Dr.  to  A.  E.  RUDDER  &  CO., 

ttraneport  anb  Shipping  Hgents. 

By  amount  realised  on  Machinery  and 
To  advertising 

Labor,  Receiving  &  Delivering  etc. 
Commission  (Brokers) 

Storage  (Rudder's  freo  Stores)  and 
hand  ling 

Baiarce  to  your  debit 

To  Bs,len( 
By  0r. 

3  17  0 

1  15  -  : 

3  3-  ; 

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2  13  6 

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. New  York. 


22nd  Feb. .  -fD  1° 

Dr.  to  A.  E.  RUDDER  &  CO., 

transport  anb  Shipping  Hgents. 

Feb.  !  17  To  Storage  onJ- 

Maoblnery  &  supports. 

(These  goods  have  been  sold  by  Dean  &  Co.) 

,  .  1*0 



April  6th, 1910 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Last  week,  and  again  yesterday,  representatives  of 
the  Allis-Chalmers  Company  called  on  me  ,  for  the  purpose  of 
getting  me  to  act  for  them  as  a  witness  in  the  case  where  you  are 
suing  them  for  infringanent  of  your  patent  on  tire  large  crusher 

When  they  called  last  week,  they  wanted  me  to  be  a  wit¬ 
ness  for  remuneration,  which  offer  I  refused.  Yesterday,  X 

restated  to  them  my  refusal  to  be  a  witness  in  the  matter  at  all  , 
and  they  then  threats nad  to  subpoena  me,  which  I  suppose  they  will 


I  am  now  attending  the  Court  of  General  Sessions  in 
this  City  as  a  Juror,  and  will  be  there  perhaps  all  of  this  month. 
They  offered  to  gat  me  off  of  that— by  what  means  I  do  not  know— 
if  I  am  subpoened  on  their  case. 

Now,  the  object  of  this  letter  to  you  is  to  try  aid  find 
out  what  they  want  to  get  out  of  me  that  will  be  injurious  to  you 
or  your  patents.  It  seems  to  me  by  their  conversation,  that 
they  are  trying  to  prove  that  the  rolls  were  in  operation  and  com¬ 
pleted  about  the  year  '92,  but  I  told  them  that  said  date  was 
entirely  too  early.  However,  my  memory, of  course,  was  vary  shy  in 

my  whole  conversation  with  them.  If  yoti  think  my  evidence 

would  be  injurious  to  you  please  put  me  in  touch  with  your  lawyers 
here  in  New  York,  so  that  I  can  consult  with  them  in  the  matter. 
They  can  post  me  and  if  I  am  subpoened  I  will  try  and  fight  shy  of 
anything  that  will  be  injurious  to  you. 



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I  have  a  sample  of  earth,  or  mineral,  whii 


to  he  of  some  commercial  value,  perhaps  ferr  refining  cotton 
seed  411.  <*re  you  prepared  to  make  an  analysis  and  report^ 
on  this  material?  If  bo,  how  much  are  your  charges,  and  what 
quantity  would  you  require  to  make  a  satisfactory  examination? 
Yours  truly, 

now  my  health  is  so  fine  after  the  great  surgical  operation  of  1906,1  am 
intending  to  give  active  attention  to  this  subject.  Wharton  is  gone 
but  he  once  quoted  the  old  saying: "A  live  dog  is  better  than  a  dead  lion" 

get  cyaniding  down  below  $1.-1. 18  per  ton, and  crushing  cheaper  yet. 

There  is  about  three  million  tons  of  $4.-$5.  gold  in  another  spot 
available, but  the  ore: is  quite  as  hard  as  the  quartz  porphyry  which  cost  s 
45  pto  crush  at  present. 

There  are  enormous  quantities  of  low  grade  ores  over  here,you  may 
know  about  the  53,000,000  tons  in  sight  in  the  Ray  Copper  Co. ground, of 
»0naItor“^4^  cgpj>er+ore ,l5ut  V1*0*1  concentrates., so  easily^and  which  is  in 

—  . -  ^te  that  carries  nearly  85  %  silica, that  {hey  are  now 

erecting  a  plant  to  treat  6000  tons  daily.  It  has  therefore  about 
$200, 000,000. ore  in  sight.  The  Co. report  is  available  in  N.Y.from  the 
N.Y.o  ffice,or  from  Gatlin  &  Powell  Co.. 

I  therefore  wish- to  inquire  concerning  your  machinery  and  if  it  is 
avail able, and  where.’ 

With  cordial  regards, I  am. 

Yours  truly, A 

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Mr  Thomas  A. Edison. 

.Bear  Sir: 

New  York. 


I  am  informed  that  you  have  a  quantity  of 
magnetic  ore  .running  from  20$  to  25$, at  Edison  N.J. 

I  would  like  to  obtain  a  sample  of  this  ore, and  if  you  will  allow  me 
to  send  and  take  a  small  quantity, I  will  be  obliged  to  you. 

If  it  comes  up  to  expectations,!  may  be  able  to  useayite  a  quantity 
of  it, and  will  try  and  make  arrangements  for  the  entire  output, if 
our  experiments  turn  out  as  successful  as  we  think  that  they  will. 

Very  truly  yours. 

Sept.  20,  1910. 

Mr.  H.  E.  Miller-! - 

I  hand  you  herewith  letter  to  Mr.  Edison 
from  R.  V/.  V/alker  of  Copporhill,  Tenn.  ,  together  with  pro¬ 
posed  reply,  which  if  satisfactory  to  Mr.  Edison  is  to  he 
signed  hy  him  and  forwarded  to  Mr.  V/alkor  with  a  check  for 

I  don't  think  it  is  necessary  to  got  anything  in 
the  form  of  a  release  from  Mr.  V/alker,  hooauso  I  believe 
his  letter  will  answer  all  purposes.  General  releases 
are  so  broad  and  indefinite  in  terms  that  a  man  with  the 
mental  make-up  of  V/alkor  might  believe  that  there  was 
something  ulterior  in  our  motive  in  having  him  sign  one. 

X  think,  therefore,  wo  had  better  let  the  matter  rest  en¬ 
tirely  upon  the  letter  which  he  sent  us  and  when  the 
check  is  returned  to  the  bank  you  might  pin  it  to  the 
letter  so  as  to  complote  the  transaction. 

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Mr.  r;  '.7.  Walker, 

Copporhill,  lom. 

Door  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  16th  inst.  has  been  recoived. 

I  acGcj}$  your  offer  to  settle  your  claim  in  full  for  $125. 
and  bog  to  enclose  check  for  this  amount.  Kindly  acknow¬ 
ledge  rocoipt,  so  that  I  may  know  you  have  rocoived  it. 

1  note  what  you  say  regarding  the  losses  you  have 
sustained  in  this  matter  and  if  it  were  hot  for  the  faot 
that  1  have  already  lost  a  groat  deal  of  money  in  this  en¬ 
terprise  I  would  be  glad  to  help  you  out,  but  under  the  cir¬ 
cumstances  I  do  not  fool  that  I  can  do  so.  Perhaps  in  the 
future  I  may  have  ocoasion  to  call  upon  you  to  have  you  do 
some  vrork  for  me,  but  if  so  it  will  bo  on  the  basis  of  a 
written  contract  mutually  satisfactory  to  both  of  us  so  that 
there  can  bo  no  misunderstanding  or  uncertainty.  V/hat  you 
say  regarding  deposits  in  the  Arbuoklo  Mountains  is  very 
interesting,  but  at  the  present  time  I  am  so  completely 
occupied  with  other  work  that  1  cannot  look  into  this  matter. 
However,  I  will  keep  thiB  matter  in  mind  in  case  of  future 

/O  1 ' 

I  send  to  you  by  express  to-day,  a  copy  of  complainant's  record 
on  final  bearing;  in  the  rolls  suit.  It  may  perhaps  interest  you  and  if 
so,  I  should  be  indebted  to  you  for  any  argument  based  on  the  evidence 
which  will  prove  that  the  defendants'  Pekin  rolls  are  provided  with 
slipping  power  connections  whereby  a  slip  necessarily  occurs  between  the 
belt  and  the  pulleys  on  the  roll  shafts. 

I  shall  contend  on  the  argument  that  the  invention  is  not 
limited  by  belt  slippage  and  is  broad  enough  to  cover  any  massive  belt- 
driven  rolls  having  roughened  surfaces  provided  one  roll  does  not  drive 
the  other.  In  other  words,  I  shall  contend  that  the  invention  is  broad 
enough  to  cover  such  rolls  when  they  are  not  geared  together.  In  my 
view,  the  words,  "independently-driven  and  di sconneated" ,  mean  that  each 
roll  receives  its  motion  from  the  driving  belt  independently  of  the 
other  roll,  which  means  that  one  roll  does  not  act  directly  upon  or 
communicate  motion  to  the  other  roll.  If  I  sustain  this  proposition,  and 
and  I  am  confident  cf  it  in  view  of  the  state  of  the  prior  art,  the  xltxfeoc 
defence  of  non-infringement  will  fall  completely  and  the  patents  broadly 
cover  the  breaking  and  crushing  of  rock  by  kinetic  energy  without  any 
limitation  of  belt  slip.  I  believe  that  I  have  shewn  belt  slip  in  de¬ 
fendants'  rolls,  but  I  expect  to  win  out  on  the  broader  construction  of 
the  invention  and  the  claims. 

The  index  will  give  you  a  good  idea  of  the  subject  matter. 

The  depositions  cf  Mr.  Bentley  (pp.  160  and  469),  of  Mr.  Mason  (pp.  136 
and  242)  and  of  Profs.  Martin  and  Pryor  (pp.  419  and  444)  deal  with  the 
question  of  invention  and  infringement.  The  depositions  of  Mr.  Mallory 
(p.  638)  and  cf  Mr.  Herter  (p.  545)  deal  with  the  questions  of  alleged 
public  use  at  Edison,  U.J.  The  deposition  of  Mr.  williams  (p.  373)  deals 
with  the  infringement  consisting  of  the  rolls  of  the  Dunbar  Stone  Company 
near  Detroit,  Mich,  The  ether  depositions  show  how  defendant^fcepied  the 
Edison  rolls  (pp.  12-223;  pp.  201,242)  and  that  practical  men  have  never 
known  or  heard  of  anythihg  like  the  Edison  rolls  which  have  a  capacity 
never  yet  reached  (pp.  593-634,  638).  The  deposition  of  Mr.  Traphagen 
deals  with  microscopical  measurements  made  on  defendants'  chronograph 
records  of  the  operation  of  the  Pekin  rolls.  \ 

There  is  an  index  of  complainant's  exhibits,  sixty-cne  in 
number,  showing  that  the  subject  matter,  especially  the  principles  in¬ 
volved  in  the  rolls,  is  fully  presented. 

There  is  also  an  index  of  the  numerical  tables  contained  in 
complainant's  record.  These  I  worked  cut  with  great  care  and  introduced 
them  principally  through  Mr.  Mason,  excepting  those  tables  consisting 
of  measurements  by  Mr.  Traphagen  and  Profs.  Martin  and  Pryor. 

Oct.  14/10. 

The  defendants  being  hard  pushed,  desire  to  take  surrehuttal 
testimony  at  Salt  lake  City,  using  Enos  A.  "fall.  Mr.  Wall  secured  a 
patent,  No.  332,978  of  December  22,  1885,  for  a  crushing  roll,  consisting 
of  two,  corrugated  rolls  geared  together,  the  corrugations  slanting 
and  intermeshing.  wall's  rolls  have  nothing  in  common  with  the  giant 
rolls,  hut  defendants  think  that  they  can  establiiih  that  Wall  substituted 
belts  for  the  gears,  each  roll  being  independently  driven  by  a  separate 
belt.  Even  so,  the  rolls  themselves  were  geared  together  by  reason  of 
the  intermeshing  c orrugations.  As  it  will  be  necessary  for  me  to 
cross-examine  Mr.  Wall,  after  consultation  with  Mr.  Dyer  and  Mr.  Mallory, 
I  shall  leave  for  Salt  lake  City  next  Wednesday  or  Thursday.  The  case 
will  be  argued  at  final  hearing  before  .Tudge  Haael  at  Buffalo  probably 
in  December. 

With  my  host  regards,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

October  21,  1910. 

Mr.  Small:  - 

I  return  herewith  the  file  containing  all 
the  papers  in  rcforenoo  to  the  Ore-Milling  Syndioato, 
Limited.  Mr.  Marks  of  London  was  here  yesterday  and 
I  discussed  this  question  very  fully  with  him  and 
Mr.  Edison.  According  to  Mr.  Edison’s  statoment  to  mo, 
the  original  prospectus  of  tho  Company  provided  that 
all  plans  and  drawings  should  he  approved  hy  him,  so  that 
tho  plant  at  Dunderlond,  Norway,  was  to  he  practically 
huilt  under  his  personal  supervision.  It  vitas  upon  the 
strength  of  this  understanding  that  Mr.  Edison  subscribed 
to  the  additional  stock.  He  tells  me  that  his  lotter 
hook  will  show  that  from  time  to  time  he  discovered 
from  tho  remarks  of  pooplo  visiting  Orange,  who  had  boon 
to  tho  plant  at  Dunderland  that  thoso  instructions  were 
not  being  carried  out  and  that  apparatus  werb  boing  in¬ 
stalled  that  he  could  not  approve  of.  As  a  result  of 
this  experimental  apparatus  the  plant  was  a  failure. 

I  want  you  to  got  from  Harxy  Miller  copies  of  all  tho 
letters  written  by  Mr.  Edison  to  the  london  pooplo,  and 
also  a  copy  of  tho  original  prospectus,  and  when  you 
havo  obtained  these,  prepare  a  statement  of  the  ontiro 
ease,  which  can  then  be  sent  to  Mr.  Marks  and  submitted 
to  counsel  in  London.  According  to  Mr,  Marks  it  is 
possible  to  bring  an  action  in  London  to  havo  Mr.  Edison's 


name  strioken  from  tho  list  of  stockholders,  or  rather 
from  the  list  of  suhscribers,  and  in  this  way  relieve 
him  of  tho  responsibility.  Wo  might,  however,  decide 
that  this  would  bo  a  better  mattor  for  defense  in  oase 
suit  was  brought  in  this  country  than  to  mako  it  an  ac¬ 
tive  aiattor  for  litigation  in  England.  At  tho  same  time, 
if  there  is  anything  in  this  claim  of  Ur.  Edison,  a 
liquidator  might  object  very  strenuously  to  Llr.  Edison 
filing  such  a  bill  and  might  be  only  too  glad  to  consider 
tho  mattor  closed.  X  suggest  that  as  soon  as  you  get 
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1910.  Motion  Pictures  -  General  (D-10-45) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
production  and  commercial  development  of  motion  picture  films  and  the 
manufacture  of  projectors.  Included  are  items  concerning  photographic  and 
production  quality,  advertising,  sales,  film  distribution,  and  the  activities  of 
exhibitors.  Among  the  documents  for  1910  are  letters  pertaining  to  the 
employment  of  actress  Pilar  Morin  and  others  at  the  Edison  studio  in  the  Bronx, 
the  facilities  of  the  studio,  and  foreign  markets  for  films.  Among  the 
correspondents  are  Frank  L.  Dyer,  vice  president  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing 
Co.;  George  F.  Scull,  assistant  to  the  vice  president;  and  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 
manager  of  negative  production. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  memoranda  pertaining  to  monthly  prizes  for 
photographic  and  production  quality  at  the  Bronx  studio;  correspondence 
regarding  proposed  scenarios;  unsolicited  inquiries;  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment;  and  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected 


i  wish  you  would  look  over  tho  attached  oo: 
rospondonco  in  r of or cnee  to  tiio  Hickclodo  jn,  of  Chicago , 
and  adviso  mo  what  you  think  wo  should  do  in  tho  mat tor. 
It  sooms  to  mo  that  wo  might  vory  woll  follow  Mr.  Scull’: 
suggestion  and  bring  up  tho  mattor  with  the  othor  manu¬ 

facturers.  At  tho  same  time  sinco  Patho  is  advortis- 
ing  thoir  machines  in  tho  Ilickolodoon,  I  do  not  know  hut 
that  it  might  ho  a  good  plan  for  us  to  do  tho  same  thing, 
lathe  is  trying  very  hard  to  got  thoir  machines  introduced 
to  tho  tredo  and  wo 


want  to  hoad  thorn  off  as  much  as  posi 
P.  1.  D. 

1  you  herewith  letter  from  Mr.  Charles  IT. 
i^Kuige,  with,  an  endorsement  of  Mr.  Ediso: 

think  this  suggestion  might  possibly  he  carried 
out,  tind  I  wish  you  would  see  what  can  he  done.  Do  not  give 

it  up  until  you  have  quite  made  up  your  mind  that  there  is  some 


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Mr.  Charles 
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Boar  Sir: 

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Soura  of  the  inth  lust.  to  ;v.v 
furred  iso,  rmd  r  thinfc  m»~ffortion  of  • 
uxhihilicr.  of  moviasr  pictures  on  occer.  cterm- 
very  interesting  t*d  t  Relieve  r.ry  rtssiblv  >?., 
1  thank  you  for  noM  o»»  f-ic  fcn**e8tJ 
1  will  ooc  if  onything  oca  he  Cov.c  with  it. 

been  ro- 
tar;  'ey 

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Ur.  G-  Redfern 

January  19,  1910. 

In  oonneotion  with  the  wood  base  board  for 
our  lamp  houses,  the  requirements  of  the  Chicago  authorities  are 
that  we  use  a  lamp  house  base  board  of  some  fireproof  material, 
such  as  asbestos  or  iron. 

We  have  a  price  for  an  asbestos  lamp  house' 
base  board  3/4"  thick  and  the  some  dimensions  otherwise  as  our 
present  lamp  house  base  board  of  35^  each.  Shis  material  is  a 
hardened  composition  mostly  of  asbestos  and  is  termed:  "Transits." 

Will  you  kindly  figure  out  vdiat  our  present 
Oak  lamp  house  base  board  completely  finished  so  that  we  «  „  poseltd.  t0  „pJioa  t]B  woot  iaw 
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lamp  house  only. 


Jan.  24,  1910. 

Hr .  Dyer:- 

In  re.  accompanying  clipping:  The  report 

of  investigators  tends  to  prove  that  when  celluloid  film 
is  burned  in  the  open  with  excess  of  air,  non-combustible 
products  only  are  given  off,  while  if  the  celluloid  is 
burned  or  decomposed  in  a  closed  vessel  of  sufficient 
strength  to  retain  the  gases,  the  products  thus  formed 
are  explosive,  being  made  up  large  of  hydrogen  and 
carbon  monoxide,  and  a  small  percentage  of  oxygen.  The 
report  recommends  that  vaults  in  which  the  film  is  kept 
should  be  provided  with  a  ventilator  pipe,  so  as  to  pre¬ 
vent  this  burning  under  pressure,  and  the  consequent 
formation  of  dangerous  gases.  The  remainder  of  the  re¬ 
port  covers  familiar  ground. 

G.  jSsoull. 

gjts/auk  . 

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Ur.  Scull; 

Referring;  to  your  memorandum  of  the  24th  on 
the.  subject  of  tho  report  on  a  celluloid  film  "by  the 
Geological  Survey,  you  might  suggost  to  Ur.  MoChesney 
that  a  paragraph  should  ho  introduced  into  tho  Kineto- 
gram  referring  to  this  matter,  and  pointing  out  the 
recommendation  made  hy  the  Investigators  that  when 
celluloid  film  is  stored  in  closed  vaults,  a  vent 
should  ho  provided  to  pormit  the  osoapo  of  evolved 
gases.  If  you  do  not  think  this  is  a  good  suggestion. 

Pago  2, 

Ur.  Scull. 




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Mr.'  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio, 

Bedford  Park,  Few  York  City. 
Dear  Sir: - 

Jan.  26th,  1910. 

I  had- the  samples  of  ".TAPAFESE  PEACH  BOY"  and  "SKIPPER'S 
YARF"  exiiibited  yesterday  for  the  Police  Inspectors  and  there  were 
about  a  dozen  in  the  audience  consisting  of  Exhibitors  and  Pilm 
men,  and  I  was  very  sorry  to  note  that  the  "JAPAFESE  PEACH  BOY" 
was  not  very  favorably  received  by  them,  as  there  were  several 
expressions  to  the  effect  that  they  were  disappointed  in  the  film 
after  having  read  the  advertisement  sent  out  in  regard  to  same. 

The  unanimous  opinion  of  all  present  was  that  the  "SKIPPER'S  YARN" 
was  a  much  better  film  both  in  photography  and  action  than  the 
other,  and  I  am  bound  to  say  that  I  agreed  with  them  on  this  point. 

I  think  the  lack  of  interest  is  principally  due  to  the 
fact  that  the  character  of  the  film  does  not  admit  of  Mile. 
Pilar-Morin's  exceptionally  fine  acting  being  brought  out  in  this, 
as  it  was  in  "COMEDY  AND  TRAGEDY,"  and  the  dyeing  of  her  skin  and 
the  Japanese  Costume  detracted  from  rather  than  enhanced  her  usual 
good  looks. 

I  trust  you  will  take  all  this  in  the  spirit  in  which 
it  is  intended,  as  I  believe  that  you  wish  to  have  honest  criticism 
at  all  times,  and  I  am,  therefore,  giving  you  these  opinions  freely. 
The  transf ormation  scene  could  have,  been  improved  upon  by  having 
the  walls  vanish  at  the  wave  of  the  magic  wand  and  the  surroundings 
assume  more  of  the  appearance  of  a  Palace  showing  the  lake  and 
swans ,  as  the  audience  gets  but  a  very  fleeting  glimpse  of  the 
latter,  and  the  change  in  the  appearance  of  the  room  is  hardly  a3 

-  2  - 

startling  and  complete  as  the  description  of  the  film  would 
lead  one  to  believe. 

With  best  wishes  for  continued’  success ,  X  am, 
Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  J.  H.  Hardin 

Telegram  sent  Jan.  2 7,  1910  -  12  i 

Honora&ex Frank  0.  -briggi 
U.S  Senate, 


Our  moving  picture  business  will  be  aff eoted 
Dy  passage  of  pending  Sunday  closing  bill  for  District 
oi  Columbia,  Bsjeoially  as  example  of  Congress  will 
influence  other  legislatures  to  pass  similar  laws,  v/e 
wish  you  would  oppose  the  bill  so  far  a3  it  affectB 
Sunday  moving  picture  shows. 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company 
■  Frank  1.  Dyer , 


.Tan.  29th,  1910. 

Hr.  X.:  IT.  Hardin,  Western  Rep., 

90  Wabash  Ave. , 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Hy  dear  Hr.  Hardin: - 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  26th  in  relation  to 
"A  .TAPAHESE  PEACH'  BOY"  ,  and  while  of  course  I  feel  sorry 
that  the  film  disappointed  you  and  the  others  who  saw  it 
I  am  obliged  to  you  for  your  frank  oriticism. 

It  ivas  perhaps  a  mistake  in  judgment  to  use 
Mile.  Pilar-lTorin  in  a  story  of  this  character,  as,  after 
"COHEDY  AND  TRAGEDY"  one  would  actually  expect  to  see  her 
in  an  emotional  role ,  hut  she  had  such  a  great  experience 
in  Japanese  impersonations  that  we  thought  such  a  part  played 
hy  her  would  he  hoth  novel  and  attractive. 

I  do  not  understand  that  there  was  ny  particular 
criticism  on  the  film  as  a  subject  except  that  it  was  not 
thought  worthy  of  such  an  artist.  Of  course  your  judgment 
and  the  others  represented,  I  imagine  men  alone.  The  appeal 
that  tie  story  makes  is  largely  to  women  and  children,  and 
in  this  way  I  hope  that  it  may  still  he  favorably  received 
when  shown,  naturally  I  am  anxious  as  to  the  result,  as 
the  film  represents  a  great  deal  of  money  and  labor. 

I  do  not  quite  understand  your  criticism  as  to 

the  photographic  quality,  as  on  this  point  ,<re  all  thought 
the  film  was  very  superior. 

Let  me  say  again  that  1  appreciate  your  criticism 
as  it  is  only  hy  hearing  of  defects  as  well  as  merits  that 
we  can  hope  to  reach  the  standard  ive  are  all  striving  to 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Fanufacturing  Co.  , 
Klnetograph  Dept. , 

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Mr.  Prank  L.  Dyer,  Vice-President, 
Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  , 
Orange ,  IT.  T. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  think  everyone  was  impressed  last  week  with  the 


steadiness  of^ Pathe  Picture  which  wa3  shown  in  Orange  as 
compared  to  ours  or  any  others.  I  have  talked  over  this 
matter  quite  a  good  deal  with  Mr.  Oliver,  and  he  has  made  a 
report  covering  the  subject. 

I  am  enclosing  a  copy  of  this  report. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Kinetograph  Dept. , 

RE'/E:B  Mgr.,  Negative  Production. 



S  Y 

H.  T.  OLIVER. 

,,  a..  _ .  J113  l’sfer3  to  steady  running  Moving  Pictures,  that  is 

Motion  Pictures  that  are  perfectly  steady  corresponding  to  Pathe 
Preres  recently  run  at  Orange. 

I  am  positive  that  it  is  possible  for  us  (or  anyone) 
to  make  as  steady  pictures  as  Pathe-  Preres  provided  we  have  the 
equipment  and  negative  and  positive  to  do  so. 

I  believe  we  have  (and  are  making)  our  pictures  as  steady 
as  it  is  possible  with  the  present  equipment.  This  question  often 
arises  in  our  pictures?  "Why  do  some  of  ours  run  steadier  than 
others';1'  This  you  will  please  note  and  readily  observe  is  easily 
explained  when  one  considers  that  there  are  so  many  things  that 
will  make  a  picture  .lump  on  the  screen.  Collectively  they  are:- 

Unif ormi ty  of  Pilm 
Error  in  Perforating 
1  Error  in  Taking 
Error  in  Printing 
Error  in  Projedting 
Shrinkage  of  Pilm  Stock 

The  above  errors  are  all  multiples  of  each  other  in  this 
production  and  tfith  our  present  equipment  it  is  impossible  to 
positively  determine  each  error  to  any  degree  of  accuracy,  or  in 
other  words,  it  is  impossible  with  our  present  equipment  to  have 
a  system  or  method  of  inspection  that  is  fast  enough  to  keep  up 
with  the  present  productions  and  positively  not  to  any  great  degree 
of  accuracv. 

4.  -n  Methods  could  be  devised  and  apparatus  designed,  to 
actually  eliminate  the  above  errors  under  the  direction  of  a 
competent  engineer  with  power  to  act  in  all  matters. 

..  .  I  ffi11  endeavor  to  illustrate  in  a  brief  and  concise  way 

methods  and  apparatus  which,  (if  applied  correctly)  will  positively 
eliminate  unsteady  pictures  from  getting  on  the  screen  in  the  reg¬ 
ular  production. 

ERROR  #1:- 

UNIFORMITY  ON  FllJf:  If  propel-  gages  are  made 

and  operated  on  every  piece  of  film  by  competent  Operators,  it  would 
be  possible  to  check  any  inaccurate  stock  before  it  is  perforated. 

ERROR  #2:-  ERROR  IN  PERFORATING:-  Perforators  should  be  so 
designed  as  to  actuate  correspondingly  to  our  present  Projecting 
Aiacnlne ,  with  a  mechanical  device  for  testing  accurately  and 
rapidly  all  perforating  applied  to  same. 


as  to  mechanically  actuate  ta  o 

Cameras  should  he  so  designed 
•  present  Projecting  Kachine. 

SJSS^mmMSSSS^gft  ST4 

S&1::  sSS'r  smk&svj. 

si*;:  •  -ss  sss';;  *«*  - 

lenheit  and  at  as  low  and  constant  humidity  as  possible. 


Plimpton:  2/5/10. 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  2nd  inst.,  with  on- 
olosod  roport  from  !,!r.  Olivor,  I  have  examined  thin  oarofully 
and  all  that  I  can  see  in  it  is  that  ho  points  out  tho  roasons 
son©  pictures  aro  stoady  and  others  unsteady.  All  that  he 
\payo  regarding  tho  unsteadiness  of  our  pictures  I  agree  with,  hut 
think  it  iu  up  to  Pr.  Olivor  not  so  much  to  point  out  the  reason 
certain  results  take  place  as  to  indioato  how  tho  defects  oan 
■vdiod.  What  ho  should  do  is  to  suggest  ways  for  curing 
'lo  and  dovoto  himself  to  having  his  suggestions  carried 
\  Ho  oan  count  on  ray  absolute  oo-operation  in  the 


natter.  •<$?  ho  will  only  toll  mo  what  ho  wonts  to  havo  done  and 
convince  mo  that  it  will  ho  a  good  thing  and  tond  to  c  rroct 
defects  I  shall  ho  voiy  glad  to  help  him  all  that  I  oan.  I 
think,  however,  rnthor  thtui  attempt  to  corroot  all  tho  errors 
at  onoo  it  would  ho  hotter  to  to’eo  up  one  orror  at  time  and 
push  that  through  to  a  final  correction. 


Jj\  L.  D. 



ORANGE,  N.  J. 



C/  (j  Mr  Prank  L.  Dyer  Vice-President, 
0  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  , 

Orange, N.  7, 

Dear  Sir:- 

Eeb.  8th,  1910 

Referring  to  your  memorandum  1281.  The  report 
submitted  of  Mr.  Oliver's  was  not  so  much  intended  to  take 
up  any  particular  case  as  it  was  to  bring  the  whole  matter 
to  your  attention.  The  facts  seem  to  be  that  many  cases 
contribute  to  unsteadiness  in  our  pictures,  some  of  them 
outside  of  this  department. 

I  had  intended  to  talk  this  over  with  you  in 
Orange  last  Thursday  but  I  saw  you  for  so  short  a  time, 

I  did  not  have  an  opportunity. 

I  arranged  with  Mr.  Walker  for  iaji<  appoitment  with 
you  for  Mr.  Oliver  to-morrow  morning  at  11  AM.  and  he  can 
tell  you  better  than  I  can  write  some  of  the  things  he  has 
in  mind.  '  ’ ' ‘  n:“-  !"'1! "  ‘,!  v'' 

Very  truly  yours , 

Kinetograph  Dept.. 


Mgr.  Negative  Production. 

I  enclose  copy  of  a  latter  which  we  received 
to-day  from  Mr.  Hardin.  I  append  a  paragraph  from  a 
letter  which  I  received  to-day  from  Mr.  Dawley  in 


"In  the  short  time  that  I  have 
been  here  Mr.  Reade  and  myself 
have  heen  compelled'  to  call  upon 
every  Official  in  Havana.  The 
only  one  we  have  slighted' ia  the 
President  himself.  Mr.  Reade  and 
myself  are  slowly  hut  surely  work- 
ring  up. an  interest  in  the  Edison 
Pic  tures  in  Cuba  and  I  would  like 
to  know  if  the  agent  you  have 
down  here  has  proved  satisfactory, 
&3  there  is  a  party  in  Harris  Bros, 
store  (which  is  the  largest  Ameri¬ 
can  Concern  in  Havana)  was  very 
anxious  to  take  up  the  Edison  pic¬ 
tures  and  push  them.  Kindly  advise 
me  on  this." 

X  do  not  know  whether  you  care  to  go  any  further 
into  this  question  or  not,  hut  thought  that  I  had 
better  let  you  know  .vhat  Mr.  Dawley  had  said. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Kinetograph  Depju^ 




L  i/J 

Beb.  12  th,  1910. 

Mr.  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

o/o  Edison  Studio, 

Bedford  Park,  Few  York  City. 

Pear  Sir:- 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  10th  inst.  ,  and  arn  glad  to 
learn  that  you  will  delay  the  release  of  “CARMEN"  until  later  in 
the  Spring,  and  think  it  would  he  a  mistake  to  bring  it  out  under 
four  months  at  least,  as  the  Exchanges  would  have  considerable 
trouble  placing  it  with  Exhibitors  if  it  follows  the  Pathe  pro¬ 
duction  too  soon. 

I  note  the  continued  high  quality  of  the  Edison  releases 
and  the  little  Comedy  "QUEEN  OP  THE  BURLESQUE"  made  one  of  the 
biggist  hits  in  all  the  downtown  Theatres  yesterday  that  they 
ever  had  on  the  screen.  The  "PRESIDENT'S  SPECIAL"  is  also  a  strong 
picture,  and  elicited  many  compliments  from  the  Exhibitors  and 
Exchange  men  who  saw  the  sample  when  we  ran  it  last  week  for  the 

Wishing  you  continued  success,  I  am, 

Yours  veiy  truly, 

(Signed)  J.  H.  Hardin 

Maroh  5,  1910. 

Mr.  Horaoe  0.  Plimpton, 

Bedford  Park -Edison  Studio, 

Hew  York,  N.Y. 

My  dear  Mr.  Pliraptons- 

1  have  followed  up  the  matter  of 
the  photographing  of  real  money,  oo  for  aD  I  am  able  in 
our  library  here,  which  has  very  limited  literature  on 
suoh  subjects.  X  have  been  unable  find  a  Statute 
which  specifically  forbids  such  photographing,  and  I 
have  also  been  unable  to  find  any  paBe  which  holds  that 
such  photographing  falls  within  the  general  terms  of 
the  Statutes  forbidding  counterfeiting.  In  the  |ncytlp- 
pedia  of  Law,  V.olume  7,  page  881,  however,  I  find  a  case 
referred  to  which  unfortunately  is  not  in  our  library, 
of  which  the  following  is  given  as  the  digest  of  the  de¬ 

"It  1b  a  criminal  act  to  photograph 
likenesses  of  United  States  treasury 
;  notes,  although  the  similarity  between 
,  the  photograph  and  the  original  is 
:  not  such  that  the  counterfeit  is  oal- 
f  oulated  to  deceive  the  public. " 


Ur.  Horace  G.  Plimpton. 

In  addition,  there  are  other  Statutes  r/hich  lead  me  to 
believe  that  suoh  photographing  is  forbidden.  Certainly 
under  the  above  quotation  it  is  forbidden,  and  I  should 
think  that  you  should  take  a  conservative  attitude  and 
avoid  any  possible  difficulties,  and  therefore  refrain 
from  using  real  money  in  pictures. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Vice-President. 

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March  21,  19X0. 

Mr.  Byer:- 

In  re.  proposal  of  Murkt  fc  Company  for  our 
agency  on  filmB  in  Europe  and  Australia:  The  proposition 
briefly  was  a  guarantee  of  35,000  feet  per  month,  and  the 
films  to  he  delivered  to  their  agent,  in  Mev;  York,  where 
payment  is  to  be  made  to  us  at  6  oents  per  foot.  \7e  would 
be  obliged  to  submit  camples  and  ppint  on  their  orders. 

I  find  that  in  Europe  and  Australia  we  sold 
202,780  feet  in  Deoember,  213,445  feet,  in  January,  and 
137,996  feet  in  February,  the  report  for  the  last  month  not 
including  sales  to  Vienna  or  Australia.  Mr.  Nichols,  rep¬ 
resenting  Markt  &  Company,  told  me  that;  35,000  feet  was 
their  guarantee  for  Biograph,  that  they  had  sold  more  than 
twioe  as  much  as  this,  and  that  the  Biograph  Company  were 
very  well  (satisfied  with  the  arrangement,  Markt  &  Company 
at  the  present  time  have  offices  only  in  London  and  Berlin, 
the  latter  having  been  open  only  sinoe  the  first  of  the 
year,  and  they  are  about  to  establish  offioes  in  Russia 
and  Bdroeloniaj  Spain,. 

,1  attach  hereto  Mr.  Farrell’s  report  of  the 
foreign, Bales.  / 

/'  }  i  \  Q.  If.  Scull. 

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Ena.  ,  / 


April  18,  1910. 

Mr.  lioraoo  0.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio, Bedford  Park, 

Mew  York,  II, Y. 

Dear  Mr.  Plimpton:- 

In  talking  to  Mr.  Belig  the  other  day, 
he  suggested  that  I  tell  you  that  when  you  are  ready  to  put 
in  l£n  tank  developing  system  at  the  Studio,  he  would  he 
very  glad  to  send  you  diagrams  and  Bpeoif ioation  for  the 
tanks  whioh  he  is  using,  which  he  olaima  are  exactly  the 
same  as  rathe  are  using  in  Paris.  It  seemed  to  me  that  it 
would  he  well  to  keep  thiB  in  mind,  and  avail  yourself  of 
this  suggestion  for  what  it  is  worth. 

In  talking  about  the  printing  of  titles  from 
plates,  he  told  me  that  he  was  using  plates  photographed 
hy  tho  wot  process  instead  of  dry  plates.  Ho  claims  that 
the  wet  process  produces  plates  with  olearer  whites  than 
the  dry  prooesB  does. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Assistant  to  Vice-President, 




April  18,  1910. 

Mr.  Frank  L.  Dyer,  Vice-President, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 

Orange ,  IT. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Confinning  my  conversation  with  yoi^i|ye3ter(iayjP 
recommend  placing  Ethel  Jewett  on  the  pay  roll  at  $-30.00  per 
week  to  he  in  charge  of  music  cues  and  all  work  of  this  nature. 
She  will  also  pose  in  unimportant  parts  as  occasion  may  arise  ■ 
without  extra  pay. 

As  I  told  you  Miss  Jewett  has  had  charge  of  this  work 
for  some  time,  hut  we  have  been  carrying  her  along  on  the  daily 
posing  list  at  $5.00  per  day.  The  above  will  give  her  a  regular 
position  and  will  he  much  less  trouble  to  handle  in  every  way. 

If  this  meets  with  your  approval,  will  you  kindly  advise  me  and 
I  will  send  in  an  engagement  card  taking  effect  next  Monday. 

I  believe  that  the  work  we  have  done  of  this  nature  is 
beneficial  to  the  Company  and  worth  all  it  is  costing.  If  you 
will  look  at  The  Motion  Picture  World  of  April  83rd  you  will  find 
references  to  this  subject  on  page3  637,  638  and  652. 
t  Yours  very  truly, 

Kinetograph  Dept.  , 

Mgr. ,  Megative'Pr oduction. 


April  20,  1910. 

Hr.  MaChesney 

1  return  herewith  letter  anti  enelosures 
of  the  A.B.C.  Company.  The  hill  iB  properly  made  up 
according  to  the  reported  sales.  Under  the  agreement, 
the  reported  soles  are  supposed  to  cover  a  period  of 
thirty  days  after  the  release  date.  I  note  that  on  the 
slips  covering  the  earlier  releases,  sales  are  reported 
for  a  period  of  more  than  thirty  days  after  the  release 
date,  whereaB,  in  the  later  releases,  this  is  not  true. 
For  instance,  in  the  slip  covering  "V/hat  the  Cards  Fore- 
told",  sales  are  reported  as  late  as  January  28th,  the 
release  date  being  December  7th,  whereaB,  dn  the  last 
slip  covering  "The  Skipper's  Yarn",  the  release  date  is 
January  28th,  and  the  last  reported  sale  is  February 
16th.  I  think  it  might  be  well  to  call  the  attention  of 
the  A.  B.  C.  Company  to  this,  so  that  we  can  be  sure  that 
the  soles  actually  cover  a  period  of  thirty  dayB  after 
release  date,  whioh  might  make  a  difference  of  §5.  to 
us  on  some  of  the  posters.  Note,  for  instance,  that 
"Pa^nerfl",  released  January  4th,  the  reported  saleB  are 
900,  whereas,  the  last  reported  Bale  is  January  28th. 

It  might  readily  be  that  between  the  28th  of  January 
and  the  4th  of  February,  one  more  poster  might  be  sold, 
which  would  entitle  us  to  a  rebate  of  #5 .  You  will 


understand  that  I  do  not  mean  to  Bay  that  any  posters 
were  sold  during  this  period,  hut  1  think  it  would  he  well 
hereafter  to  have  the  A.  B«  C.  Company's  certifioate 
state  that  the  sales  that  they  report  are  all  the  sales 
made  hy  them  within  thirty  days  after  the  respective 
release  dates  of  the  film. 

I  am  suggesting  that  you  writs  this  letter, 
since  1  think  it  advisable  to  have  all  matters  relating 
to  these  posters  handled  through  the  Advertising  Depart¬ 
ment,  and  I  would  suggest  also  that  the  Advertising 
Departing  o.k.  the  bill, 

C.  S'.  Scull. 


Mr.  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio,  Bedford  Park, 

New  York,  N.Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

lir.  Dyer  has  read,  and  ha8  also  asked  me  to  read, 
scenario  No.  349,  entitled  "Peg  Woffington".  We  agreed  that 
this  Boenario  would  give  a  very  oompli cited  play,  which  would 
he  very  difficult  for  the  average  moving  picture  audience  to 
understaid,  Very  few  probably  have  read  "Peg  Woffington" , 
and  the  relation  of  the  characters  is  suoh  that  a  motion  pic¬ 
ture  could  hardly  express  them.  There  also  seems  to  be  no 
particular  dramatic  situation  or  climax. 

In  view  of  all  of  this,  Mr.  Dyer  direots  me  to  say 
that  you  should  not  produce  this  scenario. 

X  return  the  copy  of  the  scenario  herewith. 

Yours  vexy  truly, 



Assistant  to  Vice-President, 

April  30,  1910. 

Mr.  Horace  0.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio-Bedford  Park, 

Ilew  York,  N.Y. 

Dear  8ir:- 

M r.  Dyer  directs  me  to  confirm  His  statement 
to  you  that  He  disapproves  of  the  placing  of  Hiss  Ethel 
Jewett  on  the  pay-roll  of  the  Studio,  and  that  he  desires 
to  have  the  making  up  of  muBio  cues  abandoned. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Vice-President, 



May  2nd ,1910. 

Mr.  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio --“edford  Park, 

Hew  York,  H.Y. 

Pear  Mr.  Plimpton:- 

X  hand  you  herewith  copies  of 

letters  from  C.  S.  McNeir,  dated  April  loth  and  April  29th 
and  a  letter  from  us  to  Mr.  MoMeir,  dated  April  26th. 

These  lettere  are  self-explanatory. 

Mr.  By or  approves  of  taking  the  pictures,  please 
note  the  last  paragraph  in  the  letter  dated  April  29th  in 
regard  to  making  a  picture  of  the  blowing  up  of  a  vessel^. 
It  occurred  to  me  that  this  might  be  something  which 
could  bej^^pled  in  minature  in  the  tank  after  the  prin¬ 
cipal  picturee  are  taken,  and  1  should  think  it  would  he 
sufficient  to  tell  the  Kleotrio  Boat  Company  that  Buch  a 
scene  might  be  arranged  if  the  pictures  taKen  at  tyuinoy 
would  properly  lead  up  to  it. 

Please  note  that  nothing  haB  been  said  in  any 
of  the  letters  in  regard  to  advertising  on  these  pictures, 

//2  Mr  Horace  G.  l5liinpton. 

and  I  think  it  advisable  not  to  bring  up  the  subject 
unless  the  Electric  Boat  Company  does.  1  do  not  think 
we  should  go  any  further  than  provide  a  title  announcing 
that  the  pictures  are  of  the  teBt  of  the  submarine 
Salmon,  built  by  the  Electric  Boat  Company  of  Quincy, 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Vio e-President, 


C.  S.  MoU'.'ir 
Attorney  at  law 
Hibbs  Building 

Washington,  D.  C.  April  16,1910 

The  Edison  Mfg.  Company, 

Orange,  1T.J. 


During  the  coming  month  trials  will  he  held  off 
Provincetown,  Mass.,  of  the  U.  S.  S.  Submarine  SALK01T,  one 
of  the  most  modem  submarine  boats  built  for  the  Havy  De¬ 
partment.  This  is  a  large  vessel  of  about  350  tons,  some 
140  feet  in  length.  I  can  arrange  with  the  builders  of  this 
vessel  to  secure  exclusive  moving  picture  privileges  of  the 
various  trials  to  which  this  boat  is  to  be  subjected,  and 
while  we  realise  that  such  pictures  would  have  a  considerable 
money  value,  vre  will  make  no  charge  for  them,  but  will  award 
the  privilege  to  the  moving  picture  company  which  v/ill  dem¬ 
onstrate  to  us  its  superior  facilities  for  giving  these 
pictures  the  widest  possible  exploitation  throughout  the 
United  StateB,  both  in  regular  theatres,  moving  picture 
shows  and  slot  machines.  As  stated  these  trials  will  be 
begun  during  the  month  of  Kay,  off  Provincetown,  Hass.  It 
may  be  necessary  for  the  company  to  whom  we  award  this  privi¬ 
lege  to  provide  itself  with  a  vessel  from  which  to  take  the 
pictures,  although  it  is  possible  that  we  could  arrange  to 
permit  your  operators  to  come  aboard  our  tender. 

I  knww  the  Edison  Company  is  one  of  the  foremost  con¬ 
cerns  In  the  moving  picture  business  and  if  you  will  write 
me  what  plans  you  can  make  for  giving  theBe  pictures  pub- 



lioity  throughout  the  United  States,  X  think  I  can  assure 
you  of  favorable  consideration.  I  need  not  point  out  to  you 
the  novelty  of  such  a  set  of  films  and  the  interest  they 
would  excite.  The  tests  will  probably  include  the  firing 
of  a  torpedo  and  the  blowing  up  of  an  imaginary  enemy* s 
war  vessel,  so  that  the  series  would  be  as  interesting  as 
anything  now  before  the  public. 

Please  take  this  .’natter  up  promptly  and  let  mo  hear 
from  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  C.  S.  McHoir 


April  26,  1910. 

C.  S.  McHeir,  Esq., , 

HiVb8  Building, 

Washington,  1).  0. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  the  16th  inst.  addressed  to  the 
Edison  Ma”hfacturing  Company  has  "been  referred  to  Hr. 

Dyer,  who  directs  me  to  say  that  this  Company  would  he 
glad  of  the  opportunity  of  taking  the  pictures  to  which 
you  refer,  provided  it  can  he  done  with  a  small  amount 
of  expense.  This  Company  will,  of  course,  provide  the 
operator  and  the  camera,  hut  prohahly  would  he  unwill¬ 
ing  to  go  to  the  expense  of  pro7^^^nS  a  vessel  from 
which  to  take  the  pictures.  If  you  can  arrange  to  have 
our  camera  operator  come  aboard  the  tedder,  that  plan  would 
he  satisfactory. 

This  Company  is  operating  under  the  license  of 
the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company  and  its  films  are 
shown  in  prohahly  seven-eighthB  of  the  motion  picture 
houses  in  the  United  States.  It  also  has  a  large' 
foreign  business  through  agencies  in  all  of  the  principal 


#2  C.  S.  MoHeir,  Esq. 

countries  in  Europe  and  Australia.  If  a  satisfactory 
film  is  obtained,  this  Company  would  place  it  amongst 
its  regular  releases  and  you  would  then  have  the  advant¬ 
age  of  the  publicity  obtained  by  exhibiting  this  picture 
in  all  of  the  best  exhibition  houses  in  the  United  States 
as  well  as  abroad. 

If  you  decide  to  have  this  Company  take  the  pic¬ 
tures,  please  advise  Hr.  IDyer  of  the  dates  of  the  trial 
and  provide  this  Company  with  the  necessary  letters  to 
enable  our  operator  to  reach  the  proper  vie\7-point.  It 
is  understood,  of  course,  that  this  privilege,  if  extend¬ 
ed  to  this  Company,  will  be  exclusive,  for  the  picture 
would  not  be  of  enough  importance  from  an  exhibition 
standpoint,  to  warrant  more  than  one  Company  taking  it 
and  placing  it  on  the  market. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Vice-President. 



cy\/wr  '^O'/  May 

3rd,  1910. 

Mr.  Geo.  F.  Scull,  Asat.  to  Vice-President, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  ,  , 

Orange,  IT.  JT.  \\  fe  ^ 

My  dear  Mr.  Scull:-  's— 

I  have  yours  of  the  2nd  in  reference  to  films 
of  the  Submarine  Boat  at  Provincetown ,  Mass,  and  note  con¬ 
tents.  I  am  writing  the  Electric  Boat  Company,  Quincy, 
Mass,  to-day.  I  notice  that  you  sent  an  extra  copy  of  Mr. 
McMeir's  letter  of  April  16th  also  your  letter  to  him  of 
April  26th.  Thinking  that  these  were  probably  sent  inad¬ 
vertently,  I  am  returning  them  to  you  herewith  . 

Yours  very  truly, 

Kine tograph  Dept.  , 





1  RQfi "" ' "  y>y^MORANDUM 

Hr.  Plimpton K''  5/ C/lG. 

In  discussing  matters  generally  with  J;!r.  TJlison  ho 
made  tho  following  critic! ana  ?:tu  suggestions  as  the  result  of  s« 

ing  our  pictures  In  the  theatres.  Ho  complained  of  the  acting 
and  said  that  ’h.e  actors  were  mono  or  loss  stilted  and  indifferent. 
Our  crporiorco  with  tho  hiograph  actor#  that  wo  hnvo,  who  mac-  a 
greet  success  with  the  Siograph  Company  mid  who  hnvo  not  done  vory 
well  with  us,  convinces  me  that  it  io  not  tho  actors  hut  tho  pro¬ 
ducing  non  that  are  at  fault.  Cf  course  this  is  a  hand  criticism 
to  most,  hut  hoar  it  in  mind  cud  he op  your  people  jacked  up  as  much 
as  possihlo. 

Ho  also  thought  that  a  great  deal  could  he  done  in  what 


ho  calls  "family  dramas".  By  this  ho  means  plays  based  on  inci¬ 
dents  in  roal  life  roquiring  a  fow  actors  and  moro  or  loss  simple 
soonory.  His  idoa  soomod  to  ho  that  plays  of  this  sort  arc  not 
only  interesting,  hut  relatively  inoxponsivo.  Of  c our so  wc  make 
a  lot  of  pictures  of  tills  hind,  hut  hear  this  suggestion  also  in 
mind  so  that  V;hon  wo  put  any  of  Idiom  out  I  oan  call  his  attention 
to  is^im. 

Ho  also  complained  of  tho  character  of  handwriting  used 
in  our  letters  whon  projected  on  tho  seroon  and  said  it  was  diffi¬ 
cult  to  read  thorn.  I  ashed  Mm  what  ho  thought  of  our  plan,  usod 
in  some  cases,  of  having  tho  hand  writo  tho  lottor  hoforo  tho  eyes 
of  tho  audionoo.  IIo  thought  that  was  a  good  idoa.  What  objec¬ 
tion  would  there  ho  to  using  this  schome  wlionovor  wo  havo  lotters 
to  writo?  It  always  Doomed  to  me  that  tho  audionoo  took  a  groat 


interest  in  this  sort  of  thing,  and  hosides  it  has  tho  advantage 
of  increasing  tho  length.  If  wo  used  it  altogether  no  doubt 
in  time  there  would  bo  some  ooraplaint,  but  -would  there  bo  any 
objection  in  trying  it  out  for  tho  time  being? 

■  MiD/lTO  F.  If*  Xi. 

Ihiy  7th,  1010. 

John  Kush,  Bsci. , 

Hepre  ogling  »a#arl£  Star, 

Cono  street, 

Orange,  .T. 

Hear  Sir;- 

Vy  attention  has  bean  called  tc  an  article  appear¬ 
ing  in  the  v™  XoiV;  Run  under  date  of  Fry  0th,  stating  that 
Kr.  Edison  visited  a  certain  moving  picture  ahov  in  Orange, 
We./  .Turney  and  collected  certain  material  for  a  talk  trith 
Kr.  iVhite  who  pro  aided  over  the  ?, Toying  Ploture  Department. 

I  hag  t;o  inform  you  (hat  X  do  not  preside  over 
the  having  Picture  ho  par  teen  fc  of  this  Company,  and  have  not 
done  bo  sinoe  February  3rd,  1003.  You  would  confer  a.  per¬ 
sonal  favor  toy  correcting  the  statement  as  printed  in  (ho 

Tmu-a  very  truly, 

(Signed)  J.  H.  iVhite 




ORANGE,  N.J.  '  1 


VvD  Ifaj^yrank  L.  Dyer,  Vice-President, 
i son  Manufacturing  Co., 
Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  your  memorandum  #1499  which  was  received 
to-day  in  reference  to  the  Canadian  Pacific  Railway  trip,  Mr.  Seay 
returned  a  week  ago  from  his  preliminary  trip  with  a  great  quan¬ 
tity  of  photographs  and  description  matter  together  with  the 
outline  of  several  scenarios.  I  should  have  spoken  to  you  about 
this  last  week  had  I  seen  you. 

I  am  at  present  going  over  the  question  of  scenarios 
with  Mr.  Dawley  and  as  soon  as  we  have  discussed  them  a  little 
further  I  will  submit  the  whole  matter  to  you.  I  have  been  corres¬ 
ponding  with  Mr.  Dennis  of  the  Railroad, ’and  he  wishes  to  come  Mast  to 
have  a  final  consultation  before  the  expedition  starts.  He  has 
expressed  himself  as  thinking  that  June  15th  was  the  best  time 
to  leave  here. 

Replying  to  your  memorandum  #1506  which  I  received  to-day. 

In  reference  to  the  criticisms  made  by  Mr.  Edison  on  our  pictures, 
of  course  it  would  have  been  much  easier  to  know  how  to  apply  these 
criticisms  had  the  pictures  been  designated. 

BTe  all  rightly  or  wrongly  think  our 

rk  has  been  improv- 

-  2  - 

ing,  and  if  the  pictures  which  he  saw  were  old  ones,  I  should  not 
feel  so  badly  about  it  as  if  they  were  more  recent.  As  it  is 
now,  it  is  hard  for  me  to  gather  much  from  the  criticisms  expressed 
but  we  shall  try  to  useevery  possible  means  to  improve  the  quality 
of  the  acting. 

You  refer  in  the  memorandum  to  our  experience  with 
Biograph  actors.  So  far  as  I  remember  we  have  had  three  such  cases. 

First  -  Herbert  Prior  who  is  a  member  of  our  Stock 
Company.  It  seems  to  me  that  his  work  has  been  good. 

Second  -  Verner  Clarges  who  worked  in  a  number  of  our 
pictures  and  who  has  now  gone  back  to  the  Biograph 
Stock  Company.  His  work  while  with  us  seemed  to  be 
satisfactory.  A  case  which  stands  out  was  the  part 
of  the  School  Faster,  S queers  in  "A  YORKSHIRE  SCHOOL" 
which  was  picked  out  in  the  Dramatic  Mirror  as  a  par¬ 
ticularly  good  piece  of  acting. 

Third  -  John  Cumpson  who  is  the  Biograph  "Jones"  and 
who  has  been  posing  for  us  in  several  comedy  picture's 
lately.  I  remember  that  you  did  not  particularly  care 
for  his  work  in  the  first  picture  called  "FORTUNE'S 
FOOL".  In  the  picture  "MR.  BUMPTIOUS  ON  BIRDS"  and 
"A  TALE  OF  TiVO  COATS"  his  work  seemed  to  stand  out 
as  satisfactory. 

It  has  been  my  personal  aim  since  I  have  been 
here  to  try  and  improve  the  quality  of  acting,  as  this  is  a  matter 
which  I  think  is  vital  to  our  success. 

In  reference  to  the  subjects  of  a, simple  nature,  I  will 
pay  particular  attention  to  this  matter  from  now  on. 

As  to  letters,  we  will  try  making  all  letters  as  written 
taken  in  the  actual  process  of  writing.  Of  course  this  applies 
only  to  letters  as  they  are  written  and  cannot  apply  to  a  pro¬ 
jected  letter  on  the  screen  which  i3  received.  It  is  possible 
that  some  of  the  difficulty  in  reading  our  letters  comes  from  the 
fact  that  we  have  endeavored  to  vary  them  in  order  to  indicate, the 
character  of  the  writer. 


-  3  - 

Some  of  the  other  Manufacturers  notably  Selig 
have  a  uniform  script  or  type  which  i3  used  in  all  letters.  Our  moth, 
od  has  been  thought  to  have  some  individuality,  but  of  course 
if  a  letter  is  illegible  it  loses-  its  entire  value. 

Yours  very  truly, 












560-566  BROADWAY, 






I  a  t  .AL.QUp*..  181°- 

ntracts  are  contingent  upon  strikes,  accidents,  delays  of  carriers  or. other  causes^ipS^oIdabJe  et^yond  our  control. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  >  ,  A 

^  (t6  - 

Orange,  H.  J.  ^  V  £t '  X 

.  A  K^i^f 

Acknowledging  the  receipt  of  your  esteemed  flavor  of  yester / 
day,  I  am  very jnuch  delighted  to  road  your  explanation,  of  what  seem¬ 
ed  to  me  inexplicable,  because-  I  presumed  that  you  controlled  all 
the  moving  picture  shows.  Would  you  have  any  objection,/  if^n 
following  the  matter  further  along  on  the  lines  indicated  in  my 
letter  to  you^j  ^  X  had  published  the  correspondence  between  us? 

Possibly  the  exhibition  of  the  prize  fight  in  moving 
picture  halls  could  be  squelched  quite  effectually.  Your  answer 
will  greatly  interest  me,  and  I  shall  abide!  by  your  decision* 

Yours  very  truly,  | 

o (b  yffettva-i 

cs  Aw 

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Hoy  ic,  1910. 

Mr.  Dyer:- 

I  need  only  remark  on  scenarios  wlrich  you  hare 
not  o.k.'d,  for  X  agree  with  you  that  these  o.k.'d  scenarios 
are  satisfactory. 

Mo.  351,  "The  Reconciliation":  1  fail  to  see  any  climax  to 
to  this  story,  or  anything  whioh  appeals  to  me  as  being  a 
dramatic  incident.  If  1  am  not  mistaken,  thiB  story  is 
taken  from  Charles  Heade's  "Put  Yourself  in  His  Place",  but 
the  attempt,  apparently,  has  been  to  condense  substantially 
the  whole  book.  It  also  seemB  to  tne  that  making  the  hero 
the  victim  of  enemies  among  union  men,  is  treading  on  rather 
dangerous  ground. 

Mo.  366.  "Two  Brothers";  This  is  a  very  ordinary  story, 
but  if  Ur.  Plimpton  intends  to  make  a  great  deal  of  the 
dog  I  can  see  that  it  might  readily  be  a  pleasing  film. 

Mo.  352.  "The  Martyred  Hero?:  This  story  strikes  me  as 
being  an  unpleasant  one  in  every  respect.  The  oircumstanoes 
which  would  make  the  burglar  fall  in  lover with  the  heroine, 
doeB  not  strike  me  as  being  very  probable,  aside  from  the 
desorepency  of  the  necessary  ages  of  the  two. 

No.  200.  "David  Connerf ield" :  This  might  make  a  fair 
story,  but  it  certainly  should  be  given  no  such  ambitious 
title  as  "David  Copperf ield" ,  because  ,  be  this  synopsis 

residB,  Eavid  is  a  very  unimportant  factor. 

G.  Scull. 


I  /**./?  -Sx/es- 

May  24,  1910. 

I  a.m  not  at  all  satisfied  with  our  film  and 
machine  advertising  an  has  been  carried  on  for  some  time  in 
the  past.  Prom  some  investigation  which  I  have  made  in  the 
Advertising  Department,  it  would  seem  that  we  are  advertising 
in  practically  two  classes  of  paper,  one  the  Index  and  the 
Moving  Picture  World,  whioh  circulates  exclusively  in  moving 
picture  circles,  and  the  other  including  the  Clipper,  Tele¬ 
graph,  and  Mirror,  which  circulate  in  the  general  amusement 
class,  and  practically  not  at  all  in  the  moving  picture  class. 
Judging  from  queries  which  we  receive,  however,  this  latter 
class  is  one  which  we' should  reach,  especially  in  reference  to 
projecting  machines,  for  it  includes  a  great  msiy  vaudeville 
managers  and  traveling  showmen,  who  from  time  to  time  take 
up  pictures,  in  which  case  their  first  thought  is  in  regard 
to  the  machine.  If  they  are  on  the  road,  they  are  buyers  and 
not  renters  of  film  and  are  not  concerned  with  the  latest 
releases,  so  that  a  mere  line  or  two,  calling  attention  to 
the  fact  that  we  feature  subjects  on  our  lists  suitable  for 
traveling  showmen,  is  sufficient  so  far  as  the  film  end  is 
concerned,  and  we  can  use  the  remainder  of  the  space  to  fea¬ 
ture  the  projecting  machines.  Because  of  the  expense  of 
the  papers  covering  this  class,  we  are  limited  in  the  amount 
of  space,  and  for  this  reason  we  must  elect  to  either  feature 
films  only  or  machines  only.  In  this  way  we  would  get  very 


effective  advertising. 

In  the  Index  and  World,  we  have  a  half  page  each, 
and  at  the  presert  time  we  are  describing  at  some  length  the 
releases  of  the  coming  week,  and  also  calling  attention  to 
those  of  the  week  following,  aa  well  as  to  any  particular 
feature  film  which  is  still  further  ahead  for  release.  This 
gives  our  advertising  a  very  solid  appearance  and  one  that 
is  not  attractive.  Most  of  the  other  Manufacturers  confine 
their  advertising  to  til a-  releases  of  the  following  week.  We 
also  have  been  featuring  one  or  two  films,  and  any  one  read¬ 
ing  the  advertisement  would  readilyi  gather  the  idea  that  the 
unfeatured  films  are  hardly  worthy  of  mention  and  could  read¬ 
ily  cultivate  the  idea  that  we  simply  get  out  a  good  one  once 
in  a  while  instead  of  malting  it  a  continuous  performance. 

I  believe  that  it  is  all  right  to  call  attention  to  certain 
subjects  which  really  are  of  extraordinary  interest  or  im¬ 
portance  or  which  are  to  fall  on  certain  noteworthy  dates, 
such  as  Decoration  Day  and  Christmas  films,  but  I  do  not 
think  it  is  a  good  scheme  to  feature,  simply  because  it  is 
very  good,  any  film  such  as  the  "Princess  and  the  Peasant". 

I  should,  therefore,  recommend  that  we  confine  our  advertis¬ 
ing  to  the  releases  of  the  next  week  with  an  occasional  refer¬ 
ence  to  some  extr  asrdinarily  important  film. 

I  would  also  recommend  arranging  this  half  page  ad¬ 
vertisement  which  we  have  in  the  Index  and  in  the  World,  so 
that  we  use  a  quarter  page  extending  entirely  across  the  page 
for  our  films  „  and  another  quarter,  possibly  preferably  only 


half  of  the  page;to  our  projecting  machines.  This  latter 
arrangement  will  give  a  chance  for  the  insertion  of  cuts  of 
machine  parts,  and  1  think  it  would,  he  advisable  to  have  a 
series  of  cuts  made  of  large  views  of  individual  portions  of 
the  mechanism  and  from  week  to  week  call  attention  to  the 
effectiveness  of  these  different  parts. 

I  should  add  that  both  Mr.  MoChesney  and  the 
Kinetograph  Department  agree  with  me  in  the  foregoing,  and 
if  you  will  authorize  me  to  do  so,  I  will  put  the  above 
changes  into  effect  at  once. 

Hay  26,  1910. 

Advertising  Department.  Kinotograph  Department  arid  files; 

It  has  teen  decided  that  advertising  r»in"'the  Clipper, 
Billboard  and  Mirror  ,  now  being  .done  'by  the  Kin etograph  Depart¬ 
ment,  shall  be  confined  almost  entirely  to  projecting  machines 
and  equipment,  with  a  simple  statement  that  we  are  preparod 
to  supply  feature  films  particularly  adapted  for  traveling 

I’ho  advertising  in  the  Index,:  World  and  Kiokelodeon, 
is  to  be  equally  divided  between  machines  and  equipments  and 
films.  The  total  amount  of  advertising  in  each  paper  is  to 
be  divided  equally  between  these  tv/o  classes  of  advertising 
and  is  to  be  placed  on  separate  pages,  where  possible.  As  a 
general  thing,  only  the  releases  of  the  succeeding  week  are 
to*be  mentioned,  except  that  on  special  occasions  or  in  the 
ease  of  a  film  noteworthy  because  of  some  speoial  person  or 
incident  shown  therein,  advanced  advertising  may  be  done. 
Machine  advertising  is  to  set  out  more  in  detail  the  advanta¬ 
geous  features  of  the  machine,  and  cuts  of  enlarged  portions 
of  these  details  are  to  be  made  and  used,  so  that  different 
features  can  be  boosted  in  successive  issues. 

Messrs.  Edison  &  Dyer:- 

Conforming  with  an  order  of  Mr.  C.  H.  Y/ilson 
to  equip  our  Kinetosoopes  with  a  chain  drive  for  the  film  take-up  reels 
to  meet  the  regulations  imposed  by  the  laws  of  England,  I  beg  to  advise 
that  the  model  of  same  has  been  completed  by  this  Dept,  and  awaits  your 
inspection  and  approval. 

This  mechanism  has  been  so  designed  that  it  may  be  attached  to  our 
present  Underwriter's  Model  and  consists  of  the  following: 

A  sprocket  wheel  on  drive  shaft,  taking  the  place  of 
present  pulley. 

A  new  arm  carrying  gear  and  sprocket  wheel  in  place  of  the 
present  weighted  arm  which  carries  idle  belt  pulleyB. 

Friction  gear  on  wheel  shaft  in  place  of  present  pulley. 

The  addition  of  a  bracket  set-screwed  to  moving  projecting 
head  of  machine  for  the  purpose  of  carrying  a  link  attached  to 
above  mentioned  arm. 

.  Substitution  of  chain  for  present  belts. 

The  only  change  necessary  is  the  widening  and  lengthening  of  slot 
in  wooden  base  and  table  of  the  above  mentioned  type. 

The  drive  is  adapted  for  use  in  either  position  of  the  reel  box 
on  Underwriter 's  Model  -  below  table  and  in  front  of  same. 

Hr-  Rook  has  mentioned  to  me  several  times  the  idea  of 

our  talcing  some  action  against  theatres  who  are  using  Independent 
service  in  connection  with  licensed  maohinos.  Is  there  are 
reason  why  action  along  this  line  should  not,he  taken?  He  says 
that  the  fourteenth  Street  Theatre ,  operated  "by  a  man  named 
Rosenthal  or  Rosonquont,  and  also  Hamme  rate  in's  42nd  street 
Theatre  are  two  places  that  have/ULoensed  machines  and  are  using 
Independent  films*  Personally  I  do  not  see  why  we  should  not 
take  some  effective  aotion< because  I  doubt  very  much  if  those 
theatres  would  care  to-be  involved  in  a  patent  suit. 

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July  6, ■ 1910. 

We  are  in  reoeipt  of  a  communication  from 
the  Eastman  Kodak  Company  dated  June  30,  1910,  wherein  they 
advise  the  royalties  collected  up  to  June  20th  amount  to 
$  313,008.30  less  drawbacks  paid  §  80,307.63,  leaving  a  net 
amount  •,>>  232,700.67  which  they  have  credited  to  our  account. 

They  state  that  our  purchase  account  after 
crediting  the  above  amount  of  royalty  shows  a  balance  still 
due  them  of  $  4,956.06.  Upon  checking  same  with  our  ledger 
I  find  that  there  is  a  difference  of  §  221.81  which  we  are 
unable  at  the  present  time  to  locate  owing  to  the  fact  that 
we  have  not  received  their  statement  as  of  July  1st.  when 
we  receive  same  I  will  immediately  have  it  checked  with  the 
ledger,  and  I  do  not  doubt  but  what  we  will  be  able  to  locate 
this  small  difference. 

For  your  information  I  would  advise  our 
purchases  from  them  during  the  year  as  per  our  ledgers  at  the 
present  time  amount  to  $  342,148.54,  of  which  we  remitted  to 
them  in  cash  during  the  year  §  104,270.00 






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June  30,  1910. 

AWV  W:i  " 

The  Edison  Mfg.  Co., 

'W*  /  -yr- 

Orange,  N.  J.  / 

Gentlemen:-  /  \ 

/  ' 

Your  Merchandise  Account  to  June  19th,  1910,  inclusive,  after 

crediting  your  remittance  of  June  18th,  812-^70.00,  received  on  June  20th, 
ehows  a  balance  in  our  favor  of  $4,956.06  after  applying  thereon  the 
royalties  collected  on  Cine  Film  sales  to  that  date,  under  contract  be¬ 
tween  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  and/or  Motion  Picture  Patents  Co.  and  the  Eastman 
Kodak  Company,  as  per  details  below. 

New  York  Merchandise  Account  A  18  666  02 

New  Jersey  11 

T  0  t  f 

Amount  of  Royalties  collected  $313,008.30 
Drawbacks  paid  80.307 .6 3 

Balance  due  Eastman  Kodak  Company 

$237,656.73  / ; 

which  we  should  be  glad  to  receive  in  order  to  balance  the  account  to 
above  date. 

Yours  truly, 

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It--  dear  llaclomo:- 

Your  favor  of  tho  9th  Is  at  hand.  Our  ont  ire 
negotiations  with  you  last  Pall  woro  based  upon  our  scour¬ 
ing  for  the  poriod  of  ono  year,  with  tho  option  of  m  o:c- 
tonslon  for  another  yonr,  your  oxoluslve  services  In  motion 
picture  work,  it  was  tho  basis  of  all  of  tho  conversations 
botwoon  you  and.  me  and.  was  the  spirit  of  my  letter  to  you  of 
October  6,  1909  and  your  reply  of  October  8,  although  not 
specifically;  mentioned.  Y/o  announced  in  the  ICinotogram  of 
ITovombar  lot  which  I  pro sumo  you  foad  that  wo  had  conoludod 
arrangements  with  you  by  which  wo  wore  to  have  tho  exclusive 
uso  of  your  services  and  in  the  same  number  there  apponrs  an 
article  over  your  signature  in  which  you  refor  to  tho  fact  that 
you  are  glad  to  hc.vo  associated  yourself  wit h  tho  Edison  Com-.” 
pony.  Horcovor  in  your  letter  to  mo  of  Ootobor  7,  1909  you 
refor  to  your  "salary11  which  surely  implies  exolusivo  work. 

You  told  me  in  the  beginning  that  you  load  obtained  onpeoial  por 
mission  from  Ur.  Butlor  Davenport  to  work  for  us  (soo  your  lot- 

tor  to  no  of  October  5)  and  that  this  work  would  ho, to  to  be  arranged 
not  to  oonfliot  with  your  ongagemont  to  him.  Slius  thoro  can  be  no 
roal  question  as  to  tho  exolusivonoss  of  your  serTicos. 

‘As  to  tho  mount  which  you  claim  as  duo  you  I  do  not  find 
that  vra  owe  you  anything  at  th.o  preaont  tino.  So  far  as  ray  letter 
of  October  Oth  and  your  reply  of  October’  Cth  aro  concomod  it  in 
distinctly  stated,  and  acknowledged  by  you  as  satisfactory,  that  you 
woro  to  bo  paid  S500  por  picture  mid  wo  hold  your  rocoipts  in  full 
for  work  in  oaoh  picture .  However  X  did  toll  you,  after  tho  conclu¬ 
sion  of  the  contract  and  in  annwor  to  your  exproGsod  foar  tha.t  you 
might  bo  called  upon  to  work  on  osoooslvo  number  of  days,  that  wo 
would  toko  an  txvovaQO  of  five  days  as  tho  basis  of  the  work  and  that 
if,  at  the  termination  of  tho  contract  torn,  wo  found  that  tho  thao 
had  aggregatod  more  than  tint  {that  is  to  say  a  total  of  30  days  for 
sin  pioturos)  wo  should  be  glad  to  adjust  it.  This  we  will  stand  to 
and  if,  after  tho  conclusion  of  tho  ninth  pioturo  under  tho  contract, 
■vra  find  that  your  work  has  oovorod  a  longer  total  period  than  30 
days  wa  shall  bo  liappy  to  reimburse  you  for  tho  excess  timo  at  the 
rato  of  $100  por  day. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 

ICinetograph  Dept . , 

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July  rj}  1910. 

Mmo .  Pilar -Morin, 

22  Woot  109th  St, root, 
How.  Yor ]■:  City. 
My  dear  lladnao:- 

Your  letter  of  the  lath  inst.  is  at  hand.  Uy 
lottor  to  you  of  July  11th  fully  explained  the  position  of 
thio  Company  in  relation  to  your  sorvloos  and  wo  hayo  noth- 
inG  to  acid  to  it.  If  you  wish  to  adlioro  striotly  to  the 
agroemont  as  writ ton  and  aoooptod  wo  ahall  do  tho  oraio  and 
v/o  stand  ready  to  complete  tho  remaining  two  pictures  to 
finish  the  contract  at  tho  prloo  as  spocified.  If  TjDwevar 
you  oaro  to  approaoh  th.o  vflaolo  nubj oot  in  a  more  fr  fondly 
spirit  it  will  give  us  pleasure  t o.adj ust  matters  at  the  end 
of  tho  year  as  already  indioated,  'N' 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 

ICinot  ograph  Dopt . , 

llgr.,  negative  Production, 


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August  16,  1910. 

Hr..  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio-Bedford  Park, 

-  ■  ■  jiew  York,  K.Y. 

Bear  p'ir 

I  hund  you  herewith  a  statement  prepared  by 
V.r.  Parrel! ,  showing  sales  of  motion  pictures  abroad, 
and  I  think  you  will  find  this  very  instructive.  Ad¬ 
mitting  that  the  foreign  taste  is  different  from'  the 
American  taste,  yet  1  think  this  list  is  probably  more 
nearly  representative  of  .  the  ao.tuai  merit  of  our  films 
than  could  be  determined  by  orders  obtained  in  this 
country.  What  I  mean  by  this  iB  that  abroad  filmed  are 
ordered  by  the  exchanges  entirely  on  their  merits  and 
although  the  exchanges  may  make  mistakes,  they  probably 
know  just  about  what  their  patrons  want.  In  this  country 
owing- to , the  artificial  conditions  surrounding  the  busi¬ 
ness,  the  question  of  merit  or  demerit  of  a  particular 
film  has  but  little  influence  on  the  sales,  hales  drop 
off:only  afte^  a  continued  run  of  bad  films  and  sales 
increase  only  ufter  a  continued  run  of  good  films.  Bear¬ 
ing  these  facts  in  mind  1  think  you  will  obtain  from  this 
list  a  very  good  indication  of  what  fiims  to  avoid  and 

//,2-  Hr.  Horace  G.  Plimpton. 

what  to  concentrate  on  in  the  future.  Of  course  the 
saleB  of  recent  subjects  do  not  count  very  much,  but 
I  presume  a  good  average  will  be  Bhown  up  to  the  end 
of  Hay. 

Yours  very  truly, 

XLiyARK.  Vice-President. 



August  19,  1910 

Ur.  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio-Bedford  Park, 

H.Y.O.  • 

Bear  to.  Plimpton 

Replying  to  your  memorandum  of  the 
17th'  inot.  1  wish  you  would  consider  thesa  figures  care¬ 
fully  and  see  if  they  give  any  definite  information  as  . 
to  the  type  of  pictures  to  he  auoided  and  the  type  of 
pi  ctures  to  he  made.  1  confess  that  from  a  superficial 
view  1  cannot  discover  any  key  to  the  problem.  Some  of 
the  pictures  that  sell  poorly  v/e  knew  were  poor,  but  why 
such  pictures  as  "Why  Girls  Leave  Home",  "Frankenstein", 
"The  Egyptian  Uystery",  "Little  Sheppad  of  Tumbling  Run", 
and  "Rural  Tragedy",  should  sell  so  poorly  and  other 
pictures  like  "It  Pays  to  Advertise",  "The  House  of  Cards", 
"The  Uan  Under  the  Bed",  and  "That  Girl  of  Dixon* s"  should 
sell  much  better,  is  more  than  1  can  make  out.  At  any 
rate,  I  wiBh  you  would  look  into  the  matter  carefully  and 
try  to  form  some  general  conclusion  as  to  the  situation. 
Yours  very  truly, 

ELD/ ARK.  Vice-President., 





ORANGE,  N.  J. 



/August  22nd.,  1910. 


Correspondence  oonoerning  tills  bulletijf  should  mention  its 
number  and  he  addressed  to  Edison  Manufao^ring  Company, 

Kinetograph  Department ,  Orange,  N.  T. 


We  are  now  able  to  quote  some  aj^ractive  prices  on  Limes 
for  Calcium  Light.  The  follov&pg  should  merit  your  careful  c 
sideration. 1 

7/8"  LIM^  IN  CANS 

Brice  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -#•  -  -  /  -  $1.00  per  doz.  (12  limes  to  a  can) 

In  Lots  of  24  Cans - 1  -  -  / - .75  "  can  net, 

In  Lots  of  72 

In  Lots  of  144  "  - - - .65 


List  Price - -  -  $1.50  per  doz.  (12  Limes  to  a  box) 

In  Lots  of  12  Boxes  (144  Limes)  -  1.15  "  box  net, 

In  Lots  of  24  "  (288  »  )-  -  1.10  "  "  " 

In  connection  with  Limes  1-1/4",  special  prices  on  these 
will  be  quoted  on  a  application,  mentioning  the  quality  desired. 

Hoping  to  be  favored  v/ith  your  orders,  we  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 








Correspondence  concerning  this  bulletin  should  mention  its 
number  and  be  addressed  to  Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 

Kinetograph  Department ,  Orange,  N.  J.  y' 


++++++++++++++++++++  J7 

Regarding  our  new  style  film  reel,  which/  you  have  no  doubt 
noticed  in  our  ads.  in  trade  papers,  will  stsfte  that  we  are 
prepared  to  supply  these  reels  to  the  trade JCt  the  following 
prices  and  in  the  quantities  mentioned:  J 

List  Price  -  - - - / - 75/ 

In  Lots  of  25 - - / - 45/  Net 

In  Lots  of  50  - - —  / -  40/  Ret 

In  Lots  of  100  to  400  - - - / - - -37-1/2/  Net 

In  Lots  of  500  or  over - / - y - 35/  p-et 

It  is  understood  that  wlv*n  quoting  these  prices  no  orders 
will  be  accepted  for  package/  of  kfess  than  100  on  orders  for  100 
and  over  at  the  prices  indi/ated/and  that  quantities  under  100, 
reels  will  be  packed  in  lot h  ofy£5's  and  50 's  at  the  prices  quoted. 

You  will  find  that  thfi  particular  features  about  this  reel 
are  -  its  fireproof  qualit^/being  all  metal) ,  durability  (no  screws 
being  used,  which  usually  become  lost,  rendering  the  reel  useless) 
accessibility  when  threading  film  and  no  springs  to  bend,  break  or 

We  believe  that  this  reel  should  particularly  appeal  to  you, 
as  it  will  out  wear  any  other  make,  therefore,  making  the  cost  con¬ 
siderably  less  than  the  reels  now  in  use.  We  will 'be  pleased  to  re¬ 
ceive  a  trial  order. 


Aug.  30,  1910. 

Several  of  the  "boys  of  this  Department,  as  well  as  my¬ 
self,  made  a  trip  to  Newark  last  night,  visited  most  of  the  mov¬ 
ing  picture  houses  and  have  the  following  to  report  on  the  films 
shown :  .. 

There  were  twenty-four  (24)  theatres  visited,  of 
which  fifteen  (15)  were  licensed  and  nine  (9)  were 
Independent  theatres.  Of  the  films  shown  forty-four 
(44)  were  Licensed,  including  nine  (8)  Edison.  The 
Edison  films  shorn  were  as  follows: 

Title  Release  Date 

100$  Jealousy . . . Mar,  2,1909 

The  Other  Fellow  or  A  Fight  for  Love  -  -  May  13,  " 
The  Interrupted  Joy  Ride  -----  —  -  11  13,  " 
The  House  of  Cards  -  --  --  --  --  --  Dec. 10,  11 

Lazy  Farmer  Brown-  --------  -  -  Jul. 22,1910 

A  Frontier  Hero-  -  -  - - n  22,  11 

Peg  Woffington  -------------  "  •  22,  " 

The  Lady  and  the  Burglar  --------  Aug.  9,  " 

In  the  Independent  theatres  no  Licensed  Edison  films 
would  he  shown.  You  will  note  from  the  above  that  the  total  num¬ 
ber  of  Licensed  films  seen  is  forty-four  (44),  of  which  eight 
(8)  subjects  were  Edison,  or  18-1/6/2. 

For  your  further  information,  would  say  that  the  new 
Edison  reels  released  weekly  are  two  (2)  out  of  a  total  of 
twenty-three  (23)  Licensed  reels,  or  8-2/3^. 

From  the  above  you  will  see  that  of  the  Edison  films 
shown  last  night  in  Newark,  we  had  more  than  double  our  share. 

If  you  wish  any  additional  information  of  this  character 
we  will  be  pleased  to  obtain  it  at  any  time  you  request. 

films  to  Australia  from  here,  a  subject  we  discussed  during-  my 
visit,  because  on  my  return  here  I  heard  that  Gaumont  is  not 
quite  satisfied  with  the  present  arrangement;  he  has  now  formed 
his  new  demands  in  a  letter,  dated  September  22nd,  about  which 
I  promised  to  give  him  our  decision  by  end  of  October. 

You  will  note  that  in  addition  to  the  increase  of 
the  charge  for  titles  from  Fr.l-  to  Pr.l.SO  per  meter,  he  wants 
to  increase,  from  January  1st,  the  price  of  the'positive  print 

from* 13i  Cents  t0;jl4j-  Cents  per  meter;  the  latter  price,  however, 

1  I  b  tf'i 

to  include  tinting  of  virage,  wherever  we  want  it.  I  cannot 

ascertain  what  the  average  portion  of  the  tinted  filmB  is,  but 
bOf  of 

assuming  that/the  total  length  is  supplied  tinted,  then  we  have 
so  far  paid  Gaumont  13  l/5  Cents  per  meter,  to  average  tinted 
against  untinted  filmB.  Gaumont  now  asks  14-J-  Cents,  provided 
not  more  than  one  third  of  total  length  supplied  is  tinted.  The 

.  .  , 

October  4th  19X0 
Frank  L. Dyer, Esq:  _2- 

difference  would  he  as  follows:  we  have  so  far  paid  Gaumont  on 
positive  prints  4  Cents_,per  foot,  including  tinting,  and  he 
demands  that  from  January  1st  we  pay  him  4  l/Z  Cents  per  foot, 
and  for  tinting  and  virage  over  and  above  one  third  of  the  total 
length  supplied  an  extra  charge  of  2  Centimes  for  tinting  and 
4  Centimes  for  virage  per  meter. 

Do  you  consider  this  difference  big  enough  to  take  a 
declining  standpoint  and  wait  whether  he  will  come  back  with 
the  old  terms?  And  if  need  be,  would  you  see  any  advantage  in 
supplying  us  films  from  your  factory  at  these  prices?  And  are 
you  equipped  for  it?  If  not,  I  think  we  should  not  quibble 
about  it,  although  I  will  endeavour  to  make  him  reduce  that 
figure  to  70  Centimes.  I  will  also  then  have  to  insist  on  a 
change  in  that  clause  of  the  agreement  which  refers  to  the 
notice  and  have  it  changed  to  a  longer  period,  say  6  months  or 
more,  because  3  months  is  a  very  short  time  to  effect  serious 
changes,  if  they  become  necessary. 

Under  these  circumstances  I  thought  it  wisest  not  to 
tamper  with  the  present  Australian  arrangement.  I  also  see 
from  a  letter  I  received  from  Mr.Wyper,  written  in  response  to 
a  letter  dictated  by  Mr. Stevens  while  I  was  in  the  StateB,  that 
he  cannot  fully  concur  with  all  our  suggestions,  but  the  Gaumont 
difficulty  was  the  first  reason  that  made  me  refrain  from 
tampering  with  the  present  arrangement;  and  the  second  reason 
was  the  other  alternative  arrangement  which  we  discussed  and 
which,  shortly  after  the  first  change  had  been  effected,  would 

October  4th  1910 

Frank  1. Dyer, Esq:  _3- 

require  another  change.  The  first  proposed  change  that  I  told 
in  a  cable 

Mr.  Stevens /had  not  yet  been  enforced  was  that  we  should  supply 
the  Australian  Office's  requirements  with  Gaumont  prints  from 
here.  The  second  change  to  follow  thereafter  mas  to  supply  the 
London  buyers  here  on  the  spot,  provided  there  is  any  advantage 
in  it  for  all  concerned.  The  latter  I  have  had  since  then  in¬ 
vestigated  and  I  found  out  for  certain  that  the  Australian  film 
buyers  here  in  London  buy  their  films  at  the  full  list  price 
(providing  such  concessions  which  we  have  made  in  the  case  of- 
West  in  the  form  of  a  rebate  on  certain  quantities)  .  pay  their 
own  freight  and  Australian  custom  duty.  They  get  their  films 
delivered  from  all  makers  weekly  on  a  fixed  day,  and  ship  all 
the  weekly  programmes  to  Australia  in  one  lot.  We  are  the  only 
firm  with  whom  they  have  to  make  an  exception,  and  this  1b 
naturally  a  great  bother  to  them.  They  of  course  are  not  par¬ 
ticularly  anxious  to  buy  and  go  to  all  the  extra  trouble,  if 
they  can  get  similar  subjects  from  other  manufacturers  delivered 
to  their  office  in  one  lot  for  weekly  shipment,  as  they  prefer 
simplicity  in  handling  the  film  programmes  to  the  gain  of  freight 
and  custom  duty,  which  it  seems  is  no  object  to  them  at  all. 

I  have  had  a  talk  on  the  same  point  with  two  manufacturers  who 
told  me  that  they  are  doing  a  very  large  business  with  Australia, 
and  they  also  confirm  what  I  have  said  about  custom  duty  etc.  and 
weekly  deliveries  to  the  London  buyers. 

Now  you  know  that  I  do  not  want  to  tread  on  anybody's 
toes,  least  of  all  Bhould  X  wish  to  fall  out  with  Mr. Stevens  of 

Trank  L.Dyer,  Esq: 

October  4th  1910 


whom  I  am  particularly 'f ond  and  whom  I  highly  esteem,  and  I  am 
quite  willing  to  come  to  any  arrangement  he  may  think  necessary 
in  order  to  protect  the  interests  of  his  department;  nothing  is 
farther  from  my  mind  than  any  aggrandisement  of  territory,  hut 
the  film  situation  being  such  as  it  is  I  am  bound  to  inform  you 
thereof.  We  are  the  only  people  handling  the  Australian  film 
deliveries  in  the  manner  we  do  at  present;  this  is  considered 
exceptional  by  the  buyers,  does  not  fit  on  their  routine  work, 
requires  extra  treatment  on  their  part,  and  it  is  safe  to  ub 
that  we  are  getting  thereby  less  orders  than  we  otherwise  might 

Yours  very  truly, 



.Translation  of  letter  from  Messrs. Gaumont  addressed  to  the 
Trench  Office,  dated  September  22nd  1910. 

After  having  examined  your  accounts  up  to  this  date, 
we  regret  to  inform  you  that  we  do  not  see  our  way  to  continue 
to  print  for  you  the  negatifs  under  the  conditions  now  prevail¬ 
ing.  The  principal  cause  for  raising  the  net  coBt  price, 
which  we  have  foreseen,  lies  both  in  the  demands  which  you  have 
made  on  us  on  several  occasions  and  in  the  extreme  division  of 
your  orders. 

We  therefore  beg  to  inform  you  that,  in  accordance 
with  clause  6)  of  our  contract,  we  cancel  same  to-day,  for  the 
1st  of  January  next  (that  is  in  three  months). 

After  that  date  we  could  only  execute  your  orders  on 
the  following  conditions,  and  we  would  ask  you  to  inform  us  of 
your  decision  as  soon  as  possible,  so  that  we  can  make  our 
arrangements  accordingly: 

1)  Tor  the  composition  of  titles  and  sub-titles,  the  textes 

of  which  are  furnished  us  by  you  in  all  languages  and  type¬ 
written,  the  price  will  be  Tr.1,50  instead  of  Tr.l-j  it  is 
understood  that  the  length  of  negatifs  and  positifs  for  these 
titles  and  sub-titles  will  be  continued  to  be  invoiced  to  you 
at  the  price  indicated  below  for  films.  ^ 

2)  Tor  each  meter  of  poBitif  the  price  will  be  Tr.0;72,  it 
being  understood  that  this  price  will  include  from  now  the  virage 
and  tinting( teintage) ,  if  there  is  any.  This  latter  work  will 
therefore  no  longer  necessitate  an  increase,  and  in  this  manner 
hot  only  the  accounts  will  be  simplified  but  also  the  charge 
which  we  make  on  the  price  per  meter,  and  which  is  very  moderate 



will  in  this  way  he  considerably  reduced.  However,  the  parts 
viraged  and  tinted  (vireeset  teintees)  must  not  exceed  one 
third  of  the  length  of  the  film  .  Apart  from  this  proportion- 
we  will  apply  the  prices  fixed  in  the  agreement  at  present  in 
force,  that  is  Fr.0,02  per  meter  for  tinting  and  :Fr.0,04  per 
meter  for  virage. 

3) .  The  time ‘of  delivery  of  orders  will  he  10  days  maximum;  it 
is  understood  that  we  will  do  our  best  to  deliver  within  5  days, 
particularly  in  case  of  repeat  orders,  hut  without  formal  en¬ 
gagement  on  our  part.  The  virage  and  tinting  might  cause  a 
delay  of  three  dayB. 

The  time  of  delivery  on  the  other  hand  to  he  counted 
only  from  the  moment  when  we  are  in  possession  of  all  the  docu¬ 
ments  necessary  for  the  complete  execution  of  the  order. 

4)  Lastly,  we  would  like  to  see  settlement  of  our  statements 
effected  more  promptly,  that  is  in  conformity  with  the  stipu¬ 
lated  conditions  which  were  particularly  precise  on  this  point. 
If  an  error  should  he  committed  in  the  statements,  or, for  some 
reason  or  other,  we  should  not  agree,  it  would  surely  he  possible 
for  you  to  advise  us  within  the  15  days!  stipulated.  Any  such 
reason  can  therefore  not  he  considered  as  a  pretext  to  defer 
payment/far  less  any  other  reasons  like  those  that  have  been 
given  us  up  to  the  present. 

We  would  ask  you  to  pleaBe  Bubmit  these  our  proposi¬ 
tions  to  Mr.  Thomas  Graf  and  to  let  us  have  hiB  reply  as  soon 
as  possible. 

0.  F. 

Got.  36,  1910. 

Ur-  Thonao  Graf,  ^Managing  Dlrootor, 

Kdiaon  Manufacturing  Oo., 

London,  If.  b’. 

Soar  Gir : 

~j'13j:10  ln  ?arilD  Qncl  delivery  In  London  for 

Hr.'  Lyor  duly  rcooivod  youro  of  Cot.  4th,  end  aftor  looking 
into  our  coot  of  production  end  capacity,  no  finally  dooidod  to  con- 
tinuo  tho  arrongoraont  with  Caumont  undor  tho  hoot  torno  uhleh  you 

oould  obtain - not  to  osoood  thooo'  of  your  lottor,  and  lir.  Syor  cabled 

you  accordingly  yoctorday. 

Itr.  Stovona  io  in  Morcloo,  at  tho  prooont  timo  and  will  not  rotum 
for  oovoral  nooko,  and  ao  lir.  lyor  took  up  tho  quootiono  in  roforonoo 
to  fllno  for  Auotralia  with  Ur.  Roiohort,  who  io  in  chargo  of  tlio 
Foreign  Bopt.  in  hr.  Stovon'o  ahoonoo,  and  rayoolf,  no  dooidod  that  it 
v/ould  ho  beet  to  havo  tho  Auotralian  fllno  printod  in  ’’ario  and 
dolivorod  to  tho  London  buyoro,  ao  outlinod  in  your  lottor.  In  ordor 
that  thoro  aliould  bo  no  conflict  in  tho  ohlpmonto  from  Orongo  and  from 
London,  no  havo  dooidod  that  no  nould  dofor  until  tho  film  roloaood 
by  uo  on  ITov.  lot,  "Tho  Roy  of  Lifo",  boforo  making  tho  ahango.  For 
that  filn  and  ell  onbcoqucnt  thoroto,  you  'nill  ploaoo  aocopt  ordoro 
for  Auotralia,  and  liavo  tho  fllno  urintod  by  Gaunont  and  dolivorod 
dirootly  to  tho  buyoro  in  London,  ao  outlinod  in  your  lottor.  All 
ordoro  proviouo  to  that  dato  aro  to  bo  cabled  to  uo  and  fillod  fron 
Orango,  ao  horotoforo.  • 

Tho  Foreign  Popartmont  lioro  liao  juot  oloood  and  ordor  nith  J. 

B.  Vttlliano  Arauoonont  Co.,  610  Goorco  Ctroot,  Gydnoy,  If.  3.  V.'. 
Auotralia,  for  ono  print  of  oaoh  of  our  filno.  Beginning  nith  "Tuo 
Koy  of  Lifo”  you  ohould  havo  nado  ono  print  of  all  filmo  to  fill  thia 
ordor,  making  Bhipnonto  thoroof  from  London  on  tho  oano  otoanoro  nhioh 
nill  bo  uood  by  tho  London  buyoro  for  other  Auotralian  purohaooro. 

Tliio  muot  bo  done,  of  oouroo,  oo  that  J.  B.  v-llliamo  will  not  rocoivo 
thoir  fllno  olthor  in  advanoo  or  aftor  tlio  othor  Auotralian  purchnooro 
roooivo  thoiro.  If  you  nill  bill  thooo  filno  to  tho  Auotralian  offioo 
tho  lattor  mil  attend  to  tho  oollootion  of  all  oliargoo. 

In  ordor  that  Mr.  iVypor  may  bo  lcopt  Infornod  of  uhat  io  being  cold 

in  Auatrolla,  it  vdll  bo  advioablo  to  Bond  him,.  from  t'imo  to  tirao. 
tlio  purehaaoa  redo  for  Auotrdlian  partloo.  2hio  rd.ll  onablo  him  to 
troco  any  irrocularitioa  and  bo  in  a  pooition  to  .ononor  any  comlainto 
nMch  my  bo  mdo.  to  him.  * 

At  tho  present  tino,  tho  foreign  Sopt.  baa  tho  follouine  ordoro 
for  poouoro  ±or  Auatralien  film  buyora  for  oaob  filn  auppliod  to  thorn: 
boot,  G  oaob;  lullor,  G  oaob;  Y/illlaraa,  G  oaob;  Sponoor,  10  each  ond 
mrrincton  1G  oaob.  V/o  proauna  that  yonr  purohaao#  of  poators  from 
tho  iidvortioinfj  bopt.  a±e  oufficionb  to  covor  thooo  ordora.  if  it  la 
not,  you  will,  of  oouroo,  have  amplo  tire  to  incrcaoo  your  ordor  boforo 
tbo  roloaoo  of  tbo  "JSoy  of  Lifo". 

?loano  note  aloo  that  nlPBno  or  more  of  any  film  crub, loot  &no 
ordered  by  Mr.  boot,  ono  of  thaoa  abould  bo  forwardod  to  ’’Viaata'1 
lOneo  1’hoatro,  v/ollinoton,  II.  and  tlio  balanoo  to  Mr.  v/oot  at 

' u*  Undoubtedly  tho  buyor  for  Mr.  boot  will  teto  coro 
o-x  this,  but  no  thought  it  r/oll  to  oall  your  attention  to  it. 

Youro  vory  truly. 



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/  (9  /  -  3  (t  > 7 *» 

W  ir/  I  5 c! 

f-ftnrpv.,  y/^F 


'  Qi, 




i^omoaQ-£du>on-  ’^Edison  Studio,  2826  Decatur  Avenue,  /  .,  cable  adi 

f\  M  Nov.  7,  1S10. 

UJsF  ^  \L  - ; 

Mr.  C.  to^lson ,  General  Mgr.,  i\  ;  c- 0  yi 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  jX^V  ’  /  ^  [i 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  5th  v/ith  enclosure  froi 

Cha3.  S’.  Pope  which  I  i 

i  returning  herewith.  I  presi 

Mr.  Pope  is  taking  this  means  of  notifying  the  Manufacturers  of 
Motion  Pictures  that  Mme.  Pilar-Morin  is  free  to  engage  in  the  ’ 
I  understand  from  what  X  have  heard  that  her  produotii 

mt  Prodigue "  has  been  i 

;  be  inclined  to  think  that  her  employment  by  any 

price  for  her  servici 

i  of  the  manufacturers  would  pay  t 

We  have  gotten  the  adver- 
that  she  will  be  particu- 

l  part  which  particularly  suited  her. 

’  and  make  a  deal  for  that  particular  picture 
Yours  very  truly, 

Kinetograph  Dept., 


dip  (lluti'rpi'rsi's 

Edison  Mfg.  Oo 

10  Fifth  Avo., 
lTew  York  City. 

Door  Sir:- 

Aftar  the  pros  ant  woolc  Mine.  Pilar-Morin  will 
bo  at  liberty  for  motion  piotures. 

(^&omioj>CL.  £dia  o 


Th.G/CS  ' 


Prank  I. Dyer ,  "Esq.  President, 

Pdison  ?'anufacturlng  Company, 

Orange  ,  Hew  .Tersey. 

Pear  Mr. Dyer, 

^November  7th  1910 


Hr.JTichols  of  Varkt  h  Co.  representing  the  American 
Biograph  Company,  Lubin  and  others,  has  met  mo  several  times  at 
luncheon  when  we  have  been  talking  over  the  European  film  situation 
generally,  and  X  have  endeavoured  to  find  out  what  he  is  doing. 

He  seems  to  be  anxious  to  corner  all  American  films  and  wants  to 
get  our  agency.  I  have  shown  him,  however,  that  the  business  he 
could  give  us  would  not  pay  us  for  the  transfer,  because  we  are 
doing  more  business  now  in  our  films  in  "England  than  he  is  doing 
with  any  of  t.he  products  of  his  manufacturers,  excepting  of  course 
the  American  Biograph  Company,  in  whose -films  he  is  doing  a  larger 
business  than  we  are  doing  in  ours,  because  he  is  obtaining  from 
the  Biograph  Company  a  greater  number  of  subjects  for  choice  than 
we  are  offering,  but  alBo  this  will  be  changed  very  soon  after  we 
have  commenced  publishing  three  reels  weekly.  He  obtains  the 
films  at  3d  per  foot,  we  obtain  practically  4d,  and  the  expenses 
in  connection  with  our  film  department,  as  T  pointed  out  to  you 
before,  are  exceedingly  small.  In  London  we  have  a  departn&ii4 
manager,  one  operator,  and  one  stenographer,  whose  salaries  amount 
to  approximately  L9.0.0.  per  week  all  the  year  round.  To  this  we 
have  to  add  printed  matter  and  postage  which  we  send  out  every 

7. November  1910 

"Frank  L.Byer,  EBg. 

fortnight  In  the  form. of  a  "TCinetogram"  ,  "but,  our  expanses  do  not 
exceed  L15.0.0  per  week,  so  that  any  transfer  would  yield  us 
lees  profits  on  the  films  than  we  have  now.  of  course  we  have 
not  considered  rent,  "but  an  we  have  the  lease  for  the  "building, 
the  rent  would  "be  the  same  whether  we  handle  the  films  ourselves 
or  whether  we  transfer  them  to  somebody  else.  ,:,he  proportion 
of  rent  for  the  floor  occupied  by  the  film  department  would  work 
out  at  L2.o.n  per  week. 

hr. Nichols  told  me  that  he  is  going  to  the  States  In 
the  near  future,  and  no  doubt  he  le  going  to  see  you,  as  he  is 
most  anxious  to  got  our  representation.  T  have  held  out  no 
hopes  to  him,  but  I  have  told  him  that  T  would  be  willing  to 
arrange  to  have  him  work  for  us  in  countries  where  he  has  a  re¬ 
presentation  and  where  we  are  not  working  at  present  as  regularly 
as  we  do  in  England,  Germany,  Austria,  "Russia  etc.,  and  X  pointed 
out  to  him  Spain,  we  are  selling  in  Spain  4  to  6  copies  at 
present,  which  is  not  much,  ,  but  he  thinks  that  he  could  not 
guarantee  that,  number,  because  hie  agent  is  not  yet  very  well 
introduced  there,  and  the  highest  he  could  reach  would  be  four 
copies.  Tinder  these  conditions  of  course  it  would  not  be 
satisfactory  to  let  him  work  Spain. 

''’o  give  you  an  idea  what  Hr. Nichols  is  doing,  I  would 
say  that  he  is  doing  very  well  indeed  in  England,  and  with  the 
Bioscope  films  he  is  doing  better  in  England  than  wo  are  doing, 
for  the  reasons  above  stated,  but  we  have  for  the  laet  few  months 
made  such  advances  in  England,  and  I  think  we  are  doing  very 
nearly  ae  much  as  is  being  done  in  the  Biograph  films ,  although 

November  7th  1910 

■Frank  L.Nyer  ,Fsq.  -3- 

they  release  a  greater  number  of  subjects  for  choice.  Still  ho 
is  ahead  of  us  there.  As  far  as  the  Continent  is  concerned  we 
are  decidedly  ahead  of  any  of  the  American  makers  in  the  countries 
where  we  are  v/orking.  The  chief  Continental  place  for  the 
business  is  Berlin,  and  here  we  are  doing  better  business  than 
Mr .Nichols  or  any  other  American  representative.  I  think  we  are 
doing  a  better  business  here  than  any  other  manufacturer,  except 
Bathe,  who  is  doing  more  here  than  we  are  doing.  In  Spain  we 
sell  more  films  than  Mr. Nichols  representative  could  sell,  in 
Italy  he  is  not  yet  represented,  but  also  we  have  not  yet  been 
successful  in  establishing  methodical  work  there.  In  Russia  he 
has  recently  opened  an  office,  but  we  are  very  well  represented 
there  in  three  places.  In  France  and  Belgium  he  is  not  repre¬ 
sented,  while  we  are  doing  a  comparatively  small  business  all 
that  is  at  present  possible  down  there.  ThuB  a  transfer  would  be 
less  profitable,  and  if  he  were  to  give  us  the  sane  profit  we  are 

obtaining  now  Mr  .Nichols  would  have  to  give  us  a  very  much  larger 

business  than  that  which  we/ shall  be  able  to  obtain  here,  and 
you  will  have  seen  that  our  turnover  is  considerably  increasing. 

The  London  figures  are  in  your  possession!  they  are  not  at  hand 
here.  The  Berlin  figures  for  the  last  6  months  were  as  follows: 

May .  97,715  feet 

.Tune .  142,640  ■ 

.Tuly .  90,053  " 

August . .  118,584  " 

September.....  199,207  " 

October .  131..085  11  Total  779,284  feet 

Furthermore ,  in  consideration  of  the  cylinder  situation  it  would 
not  do  to  transfer  the  profitable  and  paying  and  of  the  business 
to  somebody  else  .  I  shall  therefore  be  glad  if  you  will  give  Mr. 

Edlson-dcsellschaft  m.  b.  H.,  Berlin  SW.  48 
Abtelluoff  (Qr  Klnetotcope  und  Film*. 

Prank  L.Dyer ,  Esq. 

November  7th  1910 

PicholB  no  hope  other  than  that  you  refer  him  to  tae  to  discuBs 

a  pooBlble  representation  in  territories  where  we  are  not  working 
at  present.  Should  you,  however,  come  to  consider  a  transfer, 
then  T  would  ask  you  not  to  forget  me,  as  I  am  just  as  willing  and 
able  to  make  a  big  sum  of  money  for  you  and  for  myBelf  as  7ft*. Nichols 
and  I  am  in  a  position  to  put  up  any  reasonable  guarantees  which 
you  may  think  necessary.  T  shall  also  be  glad  if  you  will  avoid 
negotiations  as  definite  or  nearly  as  definite  as  in  -che  case  of 

Nr. Carter  of  Bradford,  because  on  my  return,  although  absolute 

secrecy  had  been  assured  me  from  the  other  side,  various  people 
in  the  trade  telephoned  to  me ,  asking  whether  it  is  true  that  we 
Intend  giving  up  our  film  business  in  England,  and  if  so,  whether 
we  would  not  see  our  way  to  consider  the  inquiry  over  the  telephone 
etc.  Inquiries  we re  also  made  of  some  of  my  people,  and  these 
things  create  a  temporary  uncertainty,  and  there  ie  no  need  for 
me  to  point  out  that  this  is  very  undesirable  . 

I  repeat:  Should  you  consider  for  some  reason  or  other 
a  transfer  of  this  branch  of  the  business,  I  should  be  glad  if  you 
and  Itr .Edison  will  not  forget  me.  As  the  business  is  continuing 
to  develop,  there  is  a  lot,  of  money  in  it,  and  I  should  be  just 
as  pleased  to  make  it  as  any  outsider,  and  T  am  able  to  furnish 
you  any  guarantee  which  you  think  necessary. 

Yours  very  truly, 


’i  503 "  i  r/tify  memorandi 

1°  Vs?  ■ 

Ur.  Gall:-  ' 

November  17,1910. 

He gar ding  tho  Edison  projecting  machine  that  is 
installed  in  the  office  of  the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company, 
it  is  very  important  that  thi3  machine  at  all  times  should 
make  a  good  impression.  All  of  the  licensed  films  are  exhi¬ 
bited  on  this  machine  before  the  Censor  Board,  and  representa¬ 
tives  of  all  the  Manufacturers  aro.thoro  to  see  the  films  run. 
Anything  in  the  why  of  a  poor  exhibition  is,  therefore,  to 
be  avoided.  I  stiggosted  to  Mr.  Pelzer  that  you  or  some  one 
familiar  with  the  machine,  should  go  in  from  time  to  time  to 
see  that  it  iB  in  proper  running  order.  Mr.  Pelzer  sent  me 
a  memorandum  today,  suggesting  that  you  go  in  on  Friday  and 
Monday  mornings  of  every  week,  so  as  to  be  there  on  those 
mornings  when  the  machine  is  being  run.  I  don’t  think  you 
can  tako  tho  time  to  do  this,  but  if  possible,  you  ought  to 
go  in  at  least  on  one  of  these  days  every  other  week,  so  tho 
machine  will  be  kept  in  constant  repair.  There  ought  also 
to  bo  an  extra  head  at  the  Patents  Company,  so  that  if  any- 
,  thing  goes  wrong  with  ono  of  tho  meohanisms,  tho  other  one 

fa  -  Mr.  Gall. 

oan  be  substituted.  I  boliove  thore  is  an  extra  head  there 
but  you  want  to  satiBfy  yourself  on  this  point.  If  you 
,  i  y°u  cannot  spare  tho  time  to  go,  lot  mo  know 

and  I  will  arrange  to  have  some  one  else  attend  to  this 
mat tor. 


F.  1.  D. 

Mr*  Horace  &.  Plimpton, 

Production  Mgr. -15 Olson  Studio, 

Bedford  Park,  H,.Y.  0. 

Dear  Sir:- 

-  Your  letter  of  the,  7th  ilist,  to  Mr.  Wilson 
in  rofercncc  to  Madame  Pilar- Morin  has  beon  referred 
to  me.  If  you  have  a  chance  to  use  her  in  any  par¬ 
ticular  picture,  I  think  you  should  do  so-,  Because 
she  undoubtedly  has  personal  abilities  for  our  partic¬ 
ular  work.  1  think  you  wore  quite  right  in  not  enter¬ 
taining  the  idoa  at  this  timo  of  malting  any  do  finite 
contract  with  her  for  an  extended  period. 

Yours  vory  truly. 


Vico- ■‘'resident. 

Mr.  Thomas  Graf,. 

IVillcsden  .Junction, 

London,  E.  0.  ,  England. 

Dear  Mr.  Graf 

Your  favor  of  the  7th  inst.  has  been 
received  in  reference  to  the  talk  you  have  had  with  Mr. 
Hichols  on  the  subject  of  repi-osonting  us  in  England  and 
elsowhore  for  our  moving  pictures.  All  the  reports  that 
I  have  boon  getting  from  you  indicate  that  the  film  bus¬ 
iness  is  developing  very  satisfactory  in  Europe  and  I 
assume  that  substantially  all  the  filmB  you  are  obtaining 
from  Caumont  aro  boing  sold  and  that  you  are  successful  in 
malting  collections.  Undor  the  circumstances,  therefore, 
this  business  ought  to  show  up  very  profitably  at  the 
end  of  the  year  and  I  think  wo  would  be  showing  bad  judg¬ 
ment  in  viow  of  those  facts,  to  make  the  change  at  this 
tirao.  Therefore,  in  cose  Mr.  Hiohols  calls  to  see  me,  I 
will  not  give  him  any  oncouragement,  nor  will  I  make  any 
tentative  arrangement  with  him  a3  was  done  in  the  case  of 
Mr.  Carter.  Yfhon  Mr.  Cartor  oallod  to  see  me ,  ho  had  a 
proposition  that  was  reasonably  attractive,  since  it  meant 

■  I  ..  ' 

#2  -  Mr.  Ihomas  Graf. 

a  guarantee  a3  to  a  minimum  amount  of  film  -ana  tho  price 
was  also  satisfactory,  hut  we  have  alroaay  had  offers  from' 
Messrs.  Marfct  &  Company,  whioh  have  been  far  from  satisfac¬ 
tory.  As  I  recall  it,  they  agreed  only  to  tako  a  minimum 
of  40,000  foot  for  a  month  in  Great  Britain,  whioh  would  he 
very  much  loss  than  we  are  actually  selling,  and  their  price 
was  also,  I  think,  only  three  cents  per  foot.  Of  course,  the 
development  of  tho  film  business  is  very  satisfactory,  ana 
I  am  glad  that  you  have  had  this  opportunity  of  minimizing 
other  linos  of  your  work.  1  boliovo,  however*  that  there 
aro  oven  greater  opportunities  in  the  future  for  tho  film 
business,  ana  if  it  is  pushed  as  hard  as  possible  that  you 
will  bo  surprised  to  what  proportions  it  can  be  made  to 
grow.  In  the  Uni tod  States*  for  example  *  we  arc  soiling 
more  film  than  wo  ovon  darod  to  dream  of  two  or  thro c  years 
ago,  and  everything  points  to  still  further  incroases  in  tho 

In  your  letter  reforring  to  tho  reason  why  Biograph 
films  aro  so  popular  in  Groat  Britain,  you  say  that  there 
are  "a  greater  number  of  subjects  for. choice  than  wo  are 
offoring".  I  do  not  understand  this  statomont,  because  the 
Biograph  .poopio  aro  issuing  only  two  reels  per  week,  and 
almost  without  exception  tho  picture  ocoupios  the  entire 
reel.  In  other  words,  so  far  as ’ opportunities  for  choice 

#3  -  Mr.  Ehomas  Graf. 

are  concerned,  we  are  practically  issuing  almost  twice  as 
many  subjects  as  the  Biograph  Company,,  and  when  the  throe 
reel  per  week  arrangement  is  put  into  effect  in  Groat 
Britain,  the  opportunities  for  oholco  will  be  almost  three’ 
timos  as  much.  I  wish,  therefore,  that  you  would  a 
note  of  this  point. 

By  the  way,  the  films  of  the  Vi  tagraph  Company 
are  becoming  very  popular  in  this  country.  V/hat  is  the 
general  opinion  of  these  films  in  Great  Britain,  and  also 
on  tho  Continent?  As  I  told  you  whon  you  wore  here  last 
summer,  I  am  particularly  interested  in  the  film  business, 
and  1  hope,  therefore,  you  will  keep  mo  fully  advised  as’ to 
its  progress  under  your  charge. 

Yours  very  truly, 

FID/ ARK.  Vice-President. 



Willesden  Junction,  S! 


'.07V.  MW- 

Deo.  3rd,  1910. 

E.  L.  Dyer  Esq.,  President, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 
Orange,  S..T. 


Dear  Sir, 

I  am  under  the  impression  that  when  Mr.  Graf  was  last  at 
Orange  the  matter  of  film  sales  in  South  Afrioa  was  discussed,  and 
it  was  decided  that  we  could  handle  such  business  from  London. 
Before  Mr.  Graf  left  recently  for  the  Continent  he  instructed  me 
to  confirm  an  arrangement  which  he  had  made  with  Messrs.  Eilms  Ltd. 
of  London  whereby,  beginning  January  1st.,  we  were  to  give  them  a 
trial  period  of  three  months,  during  which  time  they  were  to  pur¬ 
chase  from  us  one  sample  of  every  subject  issued  to  be  shipped  to 
South  Afrioa,  we  on  our  part  undertaking  during  that  period  not  to 
make  other  shipments  to  South  Afrioa.  I  was  on  the  point  of  con¬ 
firming  this  arrangement  when  I  learned  from  Mr.  Smith,  who  has 
oharge  of  our  Eilm  Department, 25,  Clerkenwell  Road,  that  he  had  re¬ 
ceived  a  call  from  a  representative  of  the  South  African  Film  Syn¬ 
dicate,  who  stated  that  his  principals  held  a  contract  Bigned  by 
E^D.  Martin  giving  them  the  sole  agency  for  all  Edison  films  in 
South  Africa,  beginning  with  films  released  in  America  on  Deoember 

P»  I».  Dyer  Bag. 


2nd.  Mr.  Smith  informs  me  that  the  South  African  Pilm  Syndicate's 
representative  produced  a  letter  received  from  his  principals  in 
America  advising  him  that  suoh  an  arrangement  had  teen  completed 
and  what  makes  me  inclined  to  think  that  there  may  he  some  truth 
in  his  statement  is  the  fact  that  he  mentioned  the  agreement  being 
signed  by  Mr.  E.  D.  Martin  during  the  absence  of  Mr.  Walter  Stevens 
in  Mexico. 

Presuming  his  statement  to  he  oorreot,  it  would  appear  that 
some  misunderstanding  exists  in  regard  to  the  South  African  film 
business,  and  it  appears  to  me  that  we  should  cause  complication  by 
having  two  exclusive  agents  -  one  appointed  in  New  York  and  one  at 
London;  consequently,  I  am  withholding  my  confirmation  to  Messrs. 
Pilms  Ltd.  until  I  hear  from  you.  The  arrangement  would  not  in  any 
case  commence  before  January  1st.,  so  that  there  is  no  necessity  to 
Bend  this  confirmation  immediately,  hut  as  I  an  daily  expecting  them 
to  aek  fur  it,  1  should,  like  to  hear  from  you  at  the  earliest  poss¬ 
ible  moment.  Perhaps  you  will  be  good  enough  to  cable  me  exactly 
on  receipt  of  this  letter,  either  “Proceed",  by  which  1  ehall  under¬ 
stand  that  I  can  confirm  Mr.  Graf's  arrangement,  or  "Suspend",  by 
which  I  shall  understand  that  X  am  to  hold  up  the  confirmation  until 
hearing  further  from  you  by  letter. 

1910.  Motion  Pictures  -  Censorship  (D-10-46) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
activities  of  the  National  Board  of  Censorship  of  Motion  Pictures.  Included  are 
letters  between  Charles  Sprague  Smith,  executive  chairman  of  the  National 
Board,  and  Frank  L.  Dyer,  vice  president  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 
concerning  censorship  activities,  the  exhibition  of  films  on  Sundays,  and  the 
use  of  motion  pictures  for  educational  purposes.  There  are  also  numerous 
reports  that  "pass,"  "condemn,"  or  require  modifications  in  individual  films, 
along  with  a  statement  of  receipts  and  disbursements  for  the  period  June  1909- 
May  1910. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  reports  by  the  National  Board  and  printed  eulogies 
regarding  Smith,  who  died  on  March  30,  1910. 



Jan.  15,  1910. 

Mr.  Dyer, 

Edison  Mfg.  Co.  , 

10  -  5th  Ave. , 


My  dear  Mr.  Dyer;- 

Thcre  are  two  natters  that  I  want  to  bring 
to  your  attention.  The  first 'is,  the  Selig  film  which 
pictured "Opium  Smoking"and  was  condemned  just  before 
we  had  our  misunderstanding,  which  has  gone  out  and  in 
Brooklyn  is  being;  exhibited,  we  are  informed,  as  the 
Elsie  Cigel  story.  The  film  is  being  sharply  criticised 
by  Brooklyn  folk,  and  we  have  been  called  upon  to  give 
information  aa  to  how  such  a  film  escaped  us,  and  what 
we  advise  should  be  done  in  the  matter. 

The  other  matter  is,  the  report  by  my  local 
inspector  on  a  Pathe  film  with  the  subject  "Carmen", 
a  thoroughly  excellent  film  so  far  as  artistic  work 
and  treatment  of  the  subject  is  concerned,  but  one 
of  which  the  story  might  occasion  comment  and  criti¬ 
cism  on  the  part  of  the  hypercritical, and  this  par¬ 
ticular  film  has  been  singled  out  for  an  advertise¬ 
ment  that  accompanies  it,  "' the  National 




Mr  j|§i  -R-  .Tan.  15,1910. 

3oard  of  Censorship''.  I  presume  however,  that  this 
is  the  work  of  the  loeal  exhihitor  rather  than  of  the 
^athe  Company.  While  this  Ad. is  a  minor  matter,  it  is 
clearly  unwise  that  such  advertisements  should  he  used, 
because  the  natural  tendency  v/ould  he  to  attach  them  to' 
those  subjects  which  were  the  most  risques,  and  the  re¬ 
sult  of  that  would  be  to  tend  to  discredit  gradually 
the  censorship. 

'"ill  you  please  take  such  steps  in  both  these 
matters  as  seem  wise  to  you/** 


— s. 

Us*>cs£-  -e< 

Charlo s  Spraguo  Smith,  rise., 

S1Q  EaBU  Fif toenth  St .  , 

IIow  York  City. 

Dear  Hr.  Smith: 

Your  favor  of  the  15th  inst.  has  boon  received 
in  reference  to  tho  Solig  and  Patho  Films  roforroa  to. 

Of  course,  I  am  sorry  that  this  particular  com¬ 
plication  has  arisen,  but  it  is  die  to  the  fact  that  those 
particular  pioturos  wore  put  out  during  tho  time  that  tho  Board 
of  Censors  was  not  passing  upon  our  films. 

I  do  not  soo  how  anything  con  ho  dono ,  but  sinoe 
tho  films  are  rolatlvoly  short-lived,  and  thoir  interest  quiok-- 
ly  dies  out,  I  fool  sure  that  tho  difficulty  will  soon  adjust 

To  tako  up  tho  matter  at  tho  present  time  with 
those  manufacturers  would  probably  only  result  in  friotion, 
sinoe  I  do  not  Imow  of  any  possible  way  by  which  the  pictures 
oon  be  recalled.' 

Yours  very  truly, 

Vioo  Prosidont, 


January  31,  1910. 

I  telephoned  -as  you  requested-  to  Washington,  to  your 
representative  there,  and  defined  to  him  the  position  that  The 
People's  Institute  had  taken  with  regard  to  Sunday  amusements 
in  general  and  motion  pictures  in  particular. 

I  told  him  that  when  the  outburst  against  motion  pictures 
came  and  a  number  of  attempts  were  made  in  Albany  to  close  such 
exhibitions  on  Sunday,  The  People's  Institute  had  organized 
opposition  thereto  and  had  prevented  the  bills  from  being  en¬ 
acted  into  law. 

The  position  we  took  was  that  in  the  matter  of  Sunday 
amusements  no  discrimination  should  be  made  against  one  class; 
that,  if  Sunday  amusements  were  to  be  prohibited,  the  prohi- 
.  bition  should  include  all  kinds  and- that  no  allowance  should  be 
(j-tl'i  made  to  open  any  kind  of  a  show  on  Sunday  without  proper  pro¬ 
tection  for  the  workers,  so  that  no  person  should  be  compelled 
to  labor  seven  days  in  the  week. 

I  did  nut  state  to  him  a  further  •  position  which  we  took, 
over  against  a  goodly  number  of  the  clergy:  namely,  that  we 
were  ready  to  join  with  them,  if  they  wished,  to  test  the 
opinion  of  the  community  in  closing  everything  on  Sunday.  We 
put  this  up  to  them  inasmuch  as  we  knew  that  the  legislature 
would  not  pass  any  such  measure  and  that  the  inclusion  of  mo¬ 
tion  picture  exhibits  in  the  entire  class  of  Sunday  amusements 
would  properly  and  justly  protect  that  class  of  shows. 

I  have  not  heard  from  Washington  and  shall  be  interested 
to  know  what  took  place  there. 

)  ,sr- 

Prank  W.  Dyer, 

Edison  K'fg.  Co.  , 

East  Orange,  IT.  J. 

The  People' •  Itutitute  it  tuppoiled  entirely  by  voluntary  contribution*.  Membership  i*  $5  per  year,  sad  tipwj 
payable  to  V.  Event  Macy.  Treasurer,  318  Eait  15th  Street.  New  York. 


I  have  just  dropped  a  line  to  li'r.  Kennedy,  suggesting 
that  we  three  get  together  for  lunch  somewhere  early  next  v/eek,  so 
as  to  talk  over  certain  matter b  and  shape  the  plans  for  the  educa¬ 
tional  exhibit  which  ought  to  he  getting  well  into  shape  now’. 

Dr.  Kaxwell,  you  know,  requires  that  he  he  notified  def¬ 
initely  that  everything  is  in  shape  with  sufficient  leev/ay  to  enable 
him  to  send  out  an  invitation  to  leading  educators  at  least  ten 
days  before  the  19th. 

Picture  Patents  Co., 
80  Fifth  Ave., 

Feb!  14th,  19X0. 

The  following  pictures  seen  at  your  office  today, 
are  paso  od  by  the  National  Board  of  Censorship 

"The  Thread  of  Destiny" 
"The  ITowlyweda" 

"In  Old  California" 

"A  Sanliaa  Sandwich" 
"Beautiful  Snow" 

Die graph 

Tiie  following  picture, 

"An  Bye  for  a u  Eye"  Vitagraph 

tlio  Board  covld  not  p&38  in  its  present  fora*  Two 
points  are  objected  to  into thus  picture.  Ona  is  that the  ohcr&ot- 
ors  of  tUo  play  take  the  law  entirely  in  their  own  hands  and  the 
oilier  is  the  two  scenes  i:i  uhioh  two  of  the  characters  are  choked 
*co  death. 

The  following  suggestions  are  offered  in  an  endeavor 
to  modify  these  two  points. 

Havfi  the  struggle  between  the  young  Italian  and  the 
young  w'oman  greatly  shortened  so  that  he  merely  grasps  her  at 
Inc  throat  and  then  throws  her  aside.  Then  ha.vo  the  soone  whloh 
whows  the  young  girl  on  the  bad  with  her  rightful  husband  standi 
mg  oy |  ended  Just  before  ths  lover  entsrs  the  room,  thereby 
doing  away  with  the  old  man's  attaok  upon  him.  The  film  then 
ends  up  with  the  grave-yard  scene  as  no v;  presented. 

These  changes  will  necessitate* another  title,  such 
as  for  instance,  "An  Italian  Romance".  With  these  changes,  the 
subtitle  "Retribution"  will  have  to  bo  eliminated. 

Very  truly  yours, 


OEN'J,  SFfl'V. 

FRANK  L.  DYER ,  =  „  VNLSON^ ^ 



ORAN  GE,JNrt).  '5 


CLEd'uwn-  10  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York  cable  address 

(a//'  tyC'/'fly,  Kai'Oh  1,  1910. 

Kr.  Prank  L.  Dyer,  Vice-President, 

Edison  Fanufactur ing  Co. , 

Orange,  IT.  T. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  enclose  a  clipping  from  the  Chicago 
Show  World  of  February  26th  showing  the  action 
taken  by  the  Police  Censors  on  recent  pictures.' 
The  Vitagraph  "AN  EYE  POR  AIT  EYE"  iyas  as  I  told 
you  rejected  by  the  Board  of  Censors  here,  but 
was  afterwards  passed  with  two  scenes  shortened. 

Yours  very  truly, 




The  crying  need  of  police  supervision  over  moving  pictures  is  clearly 
shown  in.  tile  number  of  subjects  which  came  under  the  ban  of  Sergt.- 
Chas.  E:  O’Donnell,  chief  of  tile  ccnsorsiiip  department  of  Chicago, 
Outside  of  tile  cities  which  follow  the  rulings  of  the  Chicago  Censorship 
Board  these  objectionable  pictures  will  be  shown  in  hundreds  of  moving 
picture  theaters.  For  tile  benefit  of  chiefs  of  police  throughout  the 
country  The  Show  World  will  present  tile  rulings  of  the  Chicago  board 
every  week. 


318  EAST  FIFTEENTH  ST.  |  1  ^ 

Hia  exhibition  that  we  gave  at  the  Century  Club  on 

Saturday  night  may  mean  a  great  deal  for  the  future  of  the  motion  pic¬ 
ture.  As  you  know,  the  Century  Association  gathers  the  elite  of  the 
city,  clergy,  educators,  physicians,  newspaper  men,  artists,  etc.  We 
had  a  great  audience  present;  the  room  jammed,  and  a  goodly  number 
standing.  ’Some  of  the  pictures  were  remarkable.  A  leading  physician 
said  to  me,  "I  have  been  greatly  interested  in  the  "sleeping  sickness", 
and  have  read  a  good  deal  about  it.  I  have  learned  more  from  the 
films  shown  to-night,  about  that  sickness,  than  from  all  my  reading. * 

We  shall  have  to  introduce  the  motion  picture  into  the  medical  schools.'1 

Another,  a  man  who  had  devoted  a  good  deal  of  time  to 
the  study  of  wild  birds,  said  to  me,  "In  regard  to  the  wild  bird  films, 
in  all  my  experience  I  have  never  seen  anything  equal  to  that."  The 
men  were  enthusiastic. 

I  am  writing  especially  about  an  important  matter.  You 
will  be  approached'  soon  with  regard  to  arranging  for  an  exhibit  at  the 
Child  Welfare  exhibit  next  fall.  That  exhibit  should  be  handled  by  the 

manufacturers  and  the  committee  on  censorship  v/ithout  any  outside  inter¬ 
ference.  There  are  certain  matters  I  do  not  care  to  put  down  on  paper, 
but  let  this  much  be  said:  tjjat  a  haB  been  constrained  to  withdraw 
from  this  office  for  sufficient  reasons  and  is  now  on  the  staff  of  that 
welfare  exhibit.  From  that  position  he  is  seeking  to  grip  the  situa- 

tion*  ThiB,  of  course  Is  confidential.  For  more  than  one  reason 
it  would  be  unwise  for  you  to  allow  him  to  succeed. 

1  will  talk  that  matter  over  with  you  when  we  meet. 


Sincerely  yours, 


Mr.  Frank  L.  Dyer, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 
10  Fifth  Avenue ,  City. 

®Jf.f  _ morning  Etplegraplf 

how  York,  March  31,  1910. 

graph  is  over  100,000,  reaching  till  amusement  interests  and  the  public,  such  an  article 
frsjii  you  should  bo  of  groat  interest ■-  to  mir  rca-lora  and  beneficial  to  moving 
picture  interests. 

Hoping  that  you  will  give  this  your  earliest  attontion,  Ian 
Yours  very  truly, 

Mgr.  Moving  picture  D»pt. 


Cfje  -  jftorntng  'Cclcgtnp]) 

Herewith  phase  find  clipping  from 
issue  of.  /  3...  t  19 fa 


J.  Stuart  Blackton,  vice-president  and 
secretary  of  tho  Vitagrnph  Company  of 
~  America,  1ms  contributed  the  following 
T  interesting  article  on  morality  and  ™ 
sorship  of  moving  pictures: 

'.‘Having  been  asked  the  mooted  ques¬ 
tion,  ‘When  is  a  film  not  a  film?'  or  iu 
other  words  ‘Why  is  the  censorship 
board?’  I  take  considerable  pleasure  ’ 

-  toeing  permitted  to  formulate  an  appu 
elation  of  tiie  Now  York  Board  of  Cen¬ 
sors,  and  at  the  same  time 
for  tiie  poor  downtrodden,  „uuo«i* 

and  .misunderstood .  manufacturer.. There 
«_  1  *’  •  *10  Censorship  Board 

His  actunl  words 

recently  complained 
of  sensational  subjects, 
‘They  (the  public) 

Tbo  fact  that  tiie  public  is  noiv 
served  cooked  viands  instead  of  ’i 

and  to  the  restraining  influence  --  *' 
Bonrd  of  Censors. 

•'They  realize  with  us  Hint  tragedy 
•  “P,d  drama,  history  and  mythology,  e~* 
nil  impossible  in  books,  on  the  stage 

motion  pictures -witliont  ....  „,WkVH1. 

'it  of  love,  hate,  jealousy  and  revenge, 
“bout  these  impelling  motives  Balzac 
d  Aoln  would  be  dull  and  uninterest- 
f*  Dickens  and  Thackeray  uncoil  vine- 
.  >Bn  Sardou  and  Clyde  .  Fitch 

iijf^n  Vlctoricn  Sardou  MVU 

"During  tim  early 'years  of  moving  pic- 
"  Then ’interest  *fI,lt  ,Ilj|Ve‘l  1W0U,d.  satisfy. 

s  1  ,  vftir  r  i  ' 

tiie  public  demand  for'  what  is  now 
known  and  dignified  by  the  appropriate 
term  Tiie  Silent  Drama.  A  fair-mind¬ 
ed  investigation  of  the  entire  film  pro¬ 
ducts  of  ■  the  licensed  manufacturers  cun 
but  admit  that  there  Is  much  to  praise 
and  little  to  criticize  in  tiie  'silent  drama’ 
of  to-day,  and  that  the  Board  of  Censors 

the  manufacturers11  that*  out^of*  tho°hun- 
dreds  of  film  sut>j««u.«ubwittna 
sorship  so  few  are  even  questioned  and 
none  are.  condemned.  Slight  changes 
and  modifications  arc  sometimes  suggest¬ 
ed,  and  often  actually  improve  the  effect 
nf  the  story.  Several  years  ago  • 


Now  all  unnecessary  crime  is  elimin¬ 
ated,  nml  if  the  plot  of  the  drnmn  re¬ 
quires  crime,  as  a  cause  for  a  subsequent 
effect  the  crime  is  merely  suggested.  rIji 
-  recent  production  ^of  ‘Victims  -  of  I 

ut  Mexlcaus  and  ' cowboys  lounging  1 

_ ut  outside.  Suddenly  they  are  seen  : 

to  duck  and  scatter  ,  in  every  direction. 
A  wreath  of  smoke  floats  out  through  >tbo 
open  door,  a  man  baqks  out  from  the  in¬ 
terior.  glaiiccs  furtively  about  unci  flees, 
and  the  loungers,  returning  one  by  oue, 
tell  by  their  expressivo  gestures  and  pnn- 
tomiiue  that  a  man  has  been  shot  The 
story  Is  told  with  all  tho  horror  und^bru- 
of  a  shooting  removed! 1  Iu  Cal* 
because  there  is  no  welt  regulated, 


censors  the  films.  All  'crime’,  is  sup¬ 
pressed — ‘cut  out’  bodily.  They  cut  out 
the  Wiling  Julius  Caesar.  Tojjodsl 

brawny  ^policemen 

■walking  on  tlic  stugo  of  a  New  York 
theatre  aud  (not)  politely  ordering  E.  H. 
Sothcrn  to  ‘cut  out  the  murder  part,  cull.' 

doing  their-  duty  like  good  soldiers  (or 
police).  It/is  not  the  .police  who -are  to 
blame,  not  tho  manufacturers  who  make 
the  films,  not  tho  public  that  (in  spito. 
of  all  said  to  tho  contrary)  clamors  for 
tragedy;  it  is  the  fault  of  a  few  harrow- 

now  motion  picture  industry.  When 
every  city  has  a  broad-minded,  Intelligent 
board  of ^ censors  ^that  can  soe^a^  littiq 

splendid  serious  ^fo  portrayals^ 'that  tho 
licensed  manufacturers  are  producing 
dally  to  uphold  the  dignity  and  honor 
of  the  greatest,,  most  popular  and  most 
educational  form  of  amusement  in  the 
world, :  then,  and  then  only,  will  tho 


fhoro  should  ho  no  difforonoo  of  opinion  botwoon  honost 
end  olonn-mindod  mon  on  tho  subject  of  morality,  eithor  in  a  gonor- 
al  sonso  or  in  its  application  to  special  conditions  ouoh  as  tho 
moving  pieturo  art.  All  of  us  at  loast  ought  to  know  what  is 
right  and  what  is  wrong.  Tho  moving  picture  manufacturers 
should  realize,  and  I  holiovo  all  of  tho  lioonsed  manufacturers 
do  realize,  that  tho  prosont  intorost  in  tho  silent  drama  is  not 
a  moro  passing  ophomoral  craze.  It  contains  too  many  possibil¬ 
ities  for  good  and  onlightonmont  to  bo  rogaraed  in  any  other  sense 
than  as  a  permanent  and  dignified  form  of  amuoomont.  It  makes 
its  appeal  largo ly  to  women  and  to  young’  people,  and  it  hoops  many 
a  man  from  tho  saloon.  A  film  manufacturer  who  would  attempt  to 
appeal  to  his  audionoo  by  putting  out  a  picture  in  any  way  sug- 
gostivo  or  ssohing  only  to  arouso  interest  by  an  appoal  to. tho 
bruto  instincts  of  his  audience  is  as  misguided  03  the  man  who 
would  tell  a  questionable  story  in  a  company  of  ladicB  and  gon- 
tlonon.  Ho  male 00  no  appeal  to  eithor  sox;  the  ladios  aro  shockod 
and  tho  mon  pity  him  for  a  fool.  Cortainly  a  salacious  or  brutal 
or  criminal  soono  depicted  by  a  moving  picture  can  make  no  appoal 
to  tho  innocent -mindod,  and,  while  thoro  may  bo  mon  who  perhaps  • 
would  viaw  such  pictures  with  apparont  pleasure,  I  doubt  vory  much 
if  thoy  roally  do.  From  a  purely  matorial  sonso,  thorofore,  a 
film  manufacturer  in  my  opinion  would  make  a  serious  mistake  in 
putting  out  a  picture  with  tho  deliberate  purpose  of  pandSf^EG 
to  a  depraved  or  orotio  taste.  I  do  not  boliovo,  howovor,  spook¬ 
ing  for  the  licensed  manufacturers,  that  tho  matorial  side  of 
the  question:!, is  so  important  as  is  tho  idoa  that  thoy  have 
allied  thomsolvos  with  a  groat  movement  that  is  dosignod  in  the 

National  loarii  nf  fflpnanrBljtp  / 



i  ’■  j  NEW  YORK  CITY,  N.  Y. 



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uthKDol£se  Mm  Auoocta*!**1* 

F.  Driscoll  ^  ^  ^C.  A.rProsser 

SPBACUE  ^lbkrt  Y^Hindb 


March  22d,  1910 

My  dear  Mr.  Dyer: 

I  fear  that  in  trying  to  bring  out  a  number 
of.  considerations  in  a  very  short  time,  X  may  not  have 
given  you  an  ent  irely  just  impression  at  our  interview 
to-day.  I  should  explain  that  the  Child  Welfare  Ex¬ 
hibit  will  have  an  important  influence  in  shaping  the 
policy  of  New  York  City  with  regard  to  motion  pictures. 
The  New  York  situation  is  by  no  means  a  settled  one  as 
yet.  On  the  contrary,  it  seems  likely  that  there  will 
be  a  clear  lining  up  of  opposite  forces,  one  group 
striking  for  legal  regulation  of  all  amusements,  in¬ 
cluding  motion  pictures  (in  effect,  a  legal  censorship), 
and  the  other  group  advocating  such  a  co-operative  meth¬ 
od  as  that  of  the  3oard  of  Censorship.  I  believe  the 
second  group  will  prevail,  because  of  the  work  done  in 
the  past,  because  New  York  is  in  the  main  a  liberal 
City,  and  because  the  Mayor  has  a  liberal  cast  of  mind. 
But  this  waits  to  be  seen, 'in  the  meantime  we  ar.e  anxious 
through  the  Cild  Welfare  Exhibit  and  every  other  means 
to  educate  the  public  to  the  more  liberal,  co-operative 
view  point.  I  write  this,  as  X  spoke  to-day,  simply 
in  order  that  you  may  have  a  clear  grasp  of  the  consid¬ 
erations  that  are  guiding  the  Board  of  Censorship  in 
its  program  of  legal  work. 

The  Board  of  Censorship  is  going  to  co-operate 
to  the  largest  possible  extent  with  the  Child  Welfare; 
'Committee,  but  the  Exhibit^  we  will  prepare  is  to  be 
gotten  in  shape  in  the  near  future  and  used  wherever 
there  is  an  opportunity,  and  the  Child  Welfare  Exhibit 
will  simply  be  one  opportunity.  The  only  point  we 
were  anxious  to  secure  this  morning  was  that  the  manu¬ 
facturers  should  not  so  large ly  undertake  anything  in 
connection  with  the  Child  Welfare  Exhibit  as  that  re¬ 
sources  would  be  drawn  away  from  the  important  summer's 
work  Y/hich  is  right  before  us 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  Erank  W.  Dyer. 

JrC^  CoJ?p^  ' 








Kar.  30,  1910. 

Pfo  Prank  V/.  D^or, 

10  Pifth  Ave.  , 


You  will  have  learned  of  the  death  of  pro'*' 
Charles  Spraeue  _Smith.  It  is  a  orushinc  blow^ 
not  only  to  the  hoard  of  Censorship  hut  to  the 
many  activities  which  had  their  origin  throne  li 
Prof.  Smith  and  to  which  he  cave  vital  and  con¬ 
stant  direction.  It  was  his  own  deepest  wish  that 
tne  work  should  be  larger  and  more  permanent  than 
the  man,  and  the  work  will  he  carried  ahead  as  fU* 
as  we  are  able  with  undiminished  vigor  and  alon' 
the  lines  he  has  laid  out.  Pending  the  choice  o-r 
a  new  General  director  for  the  People's  Institute 
the  Board  of  Censorship  will  he  headed  by  someone1 
prominent  and  active.  At  present  the  executive 
secretary  of  the  People's  Institute  is  Lester  P. 
Scott.  I  personally  had  accepted  a  commission  which 
would  nave  carried  me  out  of  the  Institute  and  of 
the  Censorship  for  a  time,  hut  in  view  of  this  emer- 
Concy  I  shall  probably  succeed  in  cancelling  this 
commission  and  shall  identify  myself  entirely  wit** 
the  Institute  and  mainly  with  the  Censorship,  i 
oiian  v.™  advised  as  to  the  cour 

i  the 


J?<rC—  Q 


I, larch  .'31,  1910. 

Hr.  John  Collior, 

Iho  People’s  Inotituto, 

S18  13.  leth  St.,  How  York  City. 

Hy.doar  Sir.  Collior: 

Your  favor  of  the  50th  inst .  hac  boon  roooivod) 

It  a  (jroat  shook  to  no  to  hear  of  ]?rof.  Smith's  loath.  1 
had  not  him  only  casually,  hut  had  Soi-nod  a  high  idoa  of  his 
sinoordity  end  ability.  Ho  vac  doinc  a  fine  work,  and  I  Imow 
that  it  was  a  aourco  of  happiness  to  him.  The  Hoopla's  Institute  • 
will,  of  couroo,  go  on,  and  l  can  only  hopo  that  a  worthy  suocosoor 
of  ?rof.  Smith  may  bo  found.  i  shall  bo  obliGcd  if  you  will  koop 
no  adviood  as  to  tho  co-arao  of  ovonta,  and  am, 

Yours  vory  truly. 



£  •>«  C  i 

Orange , 


Dear  Sirs: 

I  am  enclosing  an  itemized  statement  showing  the 
monies  that  I  have  received  and  disbursed  in  representing 
the  licensed  manufacturers  and  importers  in  connection  with 
the  monthly  contribution  to  the  Board  of  Censorship. 

On  the  last  page  of  the  statement,  you  will  find 
that  your  participation  in  the  division  of  the  accumulated 
surplus,  amounts  to  $53.01.  On  the  same  page,  you  will 
also  find  that  your  participation  in  the  surplus  is 
sufficient  to  pay  your  portion  of  the  contribution  for  the 
month  of  May,  and  at  the  same  time,  leave  a  balance  of 
$13.88  to  apply  on  your  contribution  for  the  month  of  June. 

When  the  time  arrives  for  me  to  receive  your 
contribution  for  the  month  of  June,  I  will  write  you 
naming  the  amount  of  your  contribution. 







June  Received  from  Biograph  Company,  $  50.00 

"  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Essanay  Bilm  Mfg.  Company,  25.00 

"  "  Kalem  Company,  25.00 

"  "  George  Kleine,  75.00 

"  "  Lut>in  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Pathe  Breres,  100.00 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company,  25.00 

"  "  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America,  50.00 


Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute,  450.00 

July  Received  from  Biograph  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Essanay  Bilm  Mfg.  Company,  25,00 

"  "  Kalem  Company,  25.00 

"  "  George  Kleine,  75.00 

"  •"  Lubin  Mfg.  Company,  50,00 

"  "  Pathe  Breres,  100.00 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company,  25,00 

"  "  Vitagraph  Co,  of  America,  50,00 


Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute,  450,00 

August  Received  from  Biograph  Company, 

»  «  Edison  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  Essanay  Bilm  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  Kalem  Company, 

"  "  George  Kleine, 

"  "  Lubin  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  Pathe  Breres, 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company, 

"  "  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

$000 .00 




Carried  Borward, 


Brought  Forward, 

Received  from  Biograph  Company, 

"  "  Edison  Mfg,  Company, 

"  "  Essanay  Film  Mfg,  Company, 

"  Kalem  Company, 

"  "  George  Kleine, 

"  "  Lubin  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  Pathe  Freres, 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company, 

"  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

Received  from  Biograph  Company, 

"  "  Edison  Mfg,  Company, 

"  Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company, 
"  ICalera  Company,  ‘  '  ' 

"  George  Kleine, 

"  Lubin  Mfg.  Company, 

"  Pathe  Freres, 

"  Selig  Polyscope  Company, 

"  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

Received  from  Biograph  Company, 

1  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company 

„  I,'  Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company, 

Kalem  Company, 

"  George  Kleine, 

"  lubin  Mfg.  Company. 

"  G.  Melies,  ’ 

11  Pathe  Freres, 

n  Polyscope  Company, 

Vitagraph. Co.  of  America, 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

Received  from  Biograph  Company, 

"  Edison  Mfg.  Company 

"  Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  Kalem  Company,  p  y’ 

"  "  George  Kleine, 

"  Lubin  Mfg.  Company, 

"  G.  Melies,  ’ 

"  Pathe  Freres, 

"  SfJiS  Polyscope  Company. 

Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 


Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 
Carried  Forward, 




Jan . 




Brought  Forward, 

Received  from  Biograph  Company,  $  50,00 

"  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company,  50,00 

"  "  Essanay  Film  Mfg,  Company,  50,00 

"  "  Kalem  Company,  25.00 

"  "  George  Kleine,  75,00 

"  "  Rubin  Mfg.  Company,  50,00 

11  "  Pathe  Freres,  100,00 

11  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company,  50,00 

11  "  Vitagraph  Co,  of  America,  50,00 

6  0  O' .00 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute,  450,00 

Received  from  Biograph  Company,  50,00 

"  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company,  50,00 

"  "  Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Kalem  Company,  50.00 

"  "  George  Kleine,  75,00 

"  "  Rubin  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Pathe  Freres,  100,00 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America,  62.50 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

450  loo 

Received  from  Biograph  Company,  50.00 

"  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

1  "  Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company,  50.00 

'  "  Kalem  Company,  50.00 

”  "  George  Kleine,  75.00 

"  "  Rubin  Mfg,  Company,  50,00 

"  "  Pathe  Freres,  100.00 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company,  50.00 

"  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America,  75.00 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

Received  from  Biograph  Company, 

"  "  Edison  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company, 

"  Kalem  Company, 

"  "  George  Kleine, 

"  "  Rubin  Mfg.  Company, 

"  "  G.  Melies, 

"  "  Pathe  Freres, 

"  "  Selig  Polyscope  Company, 

"  Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 

Cheque  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

Surplus  remaining  after  paying  contribution 
for  April  -  carried  forward, 




















Brought  Forward. , 

May  Contribution  to  Peoples'  Institute, 

Contributions  to  be  paid  by  Kalem 
Company  and  G,  Melies,  according  to 
following  detail  statement, 

Deficit  for  May  -  to  be  deducted 
from  surplus, 

Surplus  to  be  carried  forward  to  June 





437.68  437.68 



Participation  of  each  manufacturer  and  importer  in  the 
surplus  of  $550.  on  hand  on  May  1,  1910,  is  shown  below: 

Biograph  Company, 

Edison  Mfg,  Company, 
Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company, 
Kalem  Company, 

George  Kleine, 

Lubin  Mfg.  Company, 

G.  Melies, 

Pathe  Freres, 

Selig  Polyscope  Company, 
Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 

$  53.01 

61.30  $550.00  • 

Contributions  to  be  paid  by  manufacturers  and  importers 
during  May  1910.  after  deducting  participation  of  each  in 
the  surplus  of  $550.,  and  balances  to  be  carried  forward  to 
apply  on  contributions  for  June. 

Biograph  Company, 

Edison  Mfg,  Company, 
Essanay  Film  Mfg.  Company, 
Kalem  Company, 

George  Kleine, 

Lubin  Mfg,  Company, 

G.  Melies, 

Pathe  Freres, 

Selig  Polyscope  Company, 
Vitagraph  Co.  of  America, 



$  2.69 

$  9.63 

to  apply  on 


$  13.88 










I  hand  you  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  from 
Mrs.  Redding  to  Mrs.  Plimpton,  which  I  wish  you  would 
read  carefully  and  let  me  have  your  comments.  I  do  not 
know  the  present  situation  regarding  the  Board  of  Censors, 
hut  1  do  feel  most  strongly  that  the  putting  out  of 
unnecessarily  horrible  and  oruel  pi  ctures  can  do  the 
business  no  good.  What  I  would  propose  would  be  to  take 
up  the  matter  in  a  general  way  at  some  Manuf  ajturerB * 
mooting  and  point  out  without  mentioning  any  names  that 
pictures  of  this  sort  should  not  be  made  and  try  to  urge 
upon  the  Manufacturers  the  importance  of  being  most  care¬ 
ful  in  the  selection  of  their  subjects.  Do  you  think  that 
this  would  do  any  good?  * 



•)L,  ^iLy^y  d'&cf  S\L*s«hJ  c AJly  y 

.  Si  COPY 

Spuyfcen  Duyvil, 

IT.  Y.  City 

9  June  1910. 

lira.  Plympton:- 

n0Kl  ?01’  thG  Iaot  that  I  am  resigning  from 
the  Censor  Board  Committee  and  thus  materially  reducing  the  chance 
oi  seeing  you  I  should  not  inflict  you  with  this  long  letter,  the 
substance  of  which  X  could  tell  you  some  Friday  morning  if  the  old 
times  were  to  continue. 

I  am  writing  this  not  as  a  member  of  the  Committee  past'  or 
present  but  as  one  whose  interest  in  the  motion  picture  is  the  re¬ 
sult  of  a  Cardful  observation  of  its  status,  its  achievments  and 
its  potentialities,  observation  carried  on  since  the  autumn  of  1907. 

_  ,  .  tlrS°?}e  of  us  in  the  Board  are  much  worried  over  a  film  by 
Selig  THE  HID  I  AITS  VAY"  shown  on  Friday  last .  I  do  not  know  that 
you  saw  it,  if  not,  this  is  its  story  in  brief.  — 

An  Indian  is  presented  engaged  in  agriculture:  his  young 
wife  persuades  him  to  leave  his  work  and  teach  her  to  shoot  game. 

The  second  scene  is  a  cheap  gambling  joint  and  a  man  who  cheats  at 
cards  and  later  attempts  to  kill  the  man  who  denounces  him.  Later 
he  escapes  on  a  horse  from  which  he  falls  through  weakness.  He  is 
discovered  by  the  Indian  and  his  Squaw  taken  to  their  home  and  res¬ 
tored  to  health.  He  repays  their  hospitality  by  making  love  to  the 
squaw,  discovered  by  the  Indian  while  he  is  carressing  the  woman . 

The  husband  takes  down  his  gun  but  reconsiders  and  orders  both  from 
the  house.  The  next  scene  five  years  later  shows  the  outside  of 
cheap  quarters,  the  seduoers  inebriated  and  treating  the  woman  very 
roughly.  This. very  rough  handling  he  continues  indoors  his  brutally 
being  seen  by  an  Indian  who  reports  to  the  husband.  The  physical 
violence  with  which  he  treats  the  women  results  in  her  death.  She 
is  carried  by  the  Indian  and  the  betrayer  now  sobered,  to  her  grave. 
The  next  scene  discovers  the  white  man  bound  to  a  tree,  the  husbands 
intentions  being  that  he  shall  stay  there  without  food,  water  or 
shelter  until  he  dies.  To  madden  the  captive  he  brings  food  and 
a  jug  of  water  which  he  places  at  his  feet.  During  the 'temporary 
absence  of  her  husband  the  captive  induces  a  little  girl,  child  of 
the  dead  squaw  to  cut  the  cords  that  bind  him.  He  falls  now  from 
weakness  and  hitting  the  water  jug  he  raises  on  his  knees  ad  lifts 
J110,  mouth.  This  thirst  can  be  imagined  as  according  to 
the  titles  he  has  been  tied  in  a  standing  position  to  the  tree  for 
more  than  three  days  and  nights  and  deprived  of  food  and  water. 

The  Indian  returning  strikes  the  jar  and  shatters  it  before 
the  poor  wretch  lias  been  able  to  get  a  drop.  The  Indian  then  sx 
seizes  the  captive  and  the  two  struggle  finally  rolling  over  and 
over  to  the  top  of  a  high  embankment  down  which  the  Indian  manages 
to  send  the  wrong  doer  to  his  death  in  the  waters  below. 

.  Tlie  story  is  horrible  and  it  certainlypaints  no  moral. 

Private  vengeance  whether  in  mob  or  individual  is  lawlessness  and 
we  certainly  do  not  want  to  show  that  in  such  a  way?Vto  make  a 

iu5t°v,?LaiJlndlCti'7e  man  Wh0  oonceiTes  a  fiendish  method  of  reveng¬ 
ing  himself  upon  the  man  who  wronged  him.  . 


Violence  is  the  predominating  note-  pistol  shootiner 
murder  oi  the  girl  through  physical  brutality,  the  torture  of  the 
culprit  the  struggle  and  finally  the  second  murder.  Some  of  -tp 

»uttouteJtl’Lvhtim^£,'h0t  °£  ha^1i1f  SUCl1  a  cr'aelly  shocking  story 
1  TJ  t  f  tut  especially  now  when  local  magistrates 
len^  ?hT^il0tl°n,  1Ct-reS  fr0iil  the  bench  because  of  the  vio- 
K  r  especially  to  be  deplored  that  such, 

a_  , snoulcl  be  exhibited  as  it  will  *nXav  direct lv  into  -Mi*  ■hovirio 
of  those  ymaWBM H  who  were  "behind  the  ioostiby  Bill  and  who  are 
•PUWi-  B?C^a:lon  Committee3 shall  be  apjointed 
\r113V  va  ourisdiction  over  Motion  Pictures  arid  cheap 
theatres.  Mayor  Gaynor  has  blocked  their  efforts  this  year  but  they 
mat5e?  res^  at  that.  The  Globe  (The  Evening  Pape?) 
has  published  in  print  articles  recently  against  Motion  Pictures  ' 
f?®  aPPearing  in  the  Saturday  Home  Edition  in  form  of  a  letter  from 
the  people.  The  wriuer  purports  to  have  visited  a  picture  show 

S??vp«.W?v!  s1h0T71]  a  jeSl0US  2ife  7/h0  hires  iwo  ruffians  to  slash  with 
knives  the  handsome  j.ace  of  her  too  fascinating  husband  so  that  he 
%*£**?%•  The  miter  3t ates  she  p“te“ed  the 
id  the  fllm  ^ad  oeen  Passed  upon  by  "A  Committee  to 
Committee correspondents  refer,  "The  lord  have  mercy  on  the 

,1™,  Q  a  P1ifi’t?n,,and  yourself  are  keenly  alive  to  this  great 
danage  done  to  the  industry  economically  as  well  as  ethically  in 
m  i™1*??11  0f  T;L°lQnce  311(1  o"  crime  that  absolutely  conveys 
TO-,r1™fv»n+^nd,T.1  this  thinking  perhaps  you  can  in  some 

Producers  realize  the  unwisdom  from  every  point  of 
view  of  bringing  out  this  objectionable  type  of  picture. 

n9w„?i0ne  thdn®  they  are  playing  into  the  hands  of  Psuedo 
llSv^+vL ?he  aou"try  as  well  as  in  Mew  York  and  making 
+v^  the  establishment  of  Censor  Committee  in  every  hamlet  inS 
the  land-  eacn  with  its  individual  and  in  most  instances  unintelli-1 
gent  and, hostile  view  of  stage  productions, 

+  .  T  again  say  that  this  letter  is  written  without  consul- 

ifCindiii^l^iS-!11^  “  iS  t0  be  00nsldere(i  as  exprsssi* 

Very  sincerely  yours, 

(Signed)  Josephine  Redding. 

In  ro.  your  attached  memo. 

I  do  not  understand  how  the  censorship  hoard  ever  . 
passed  this  picture,  particularly  in  view  of  the  fact,  that  some  few 
months  ago  they  turned  down  one  of  the  Biograph  pictures  which  ran 
very  much  along  the  same  linos.  V/hen  that  picture  was  turned  down, 

-ir.  Marvin  felt  very  badly  about  it  and  put  the  matter  directly  up 
to  Mr.  Chas.  Sprague  Smith,  and  Ur.  Kennedy  and  Ur.  Smith,  with  Hr. 
Marvin  went  over  the  picture,  and  they  finally  accepted  Smith’s  ruling 
that  there  was  nothing  whatever  that  was  good  in  the  picture, nor  noth¬ 
ing  that  was.  appealing. 

She  story  of  the  picture,  which  by  the  way  was  called: 
"-ho.  Man,”  was  almost  the  same  as  this  of  Selig,  except  that  it  was  a 
white  man  and  not  an  Indian.  I  do  not  know  whether  the  Censorship 
Board  has  cotton" weak-kneed"  or  not,  but  I  see  no  reason  why  it  should 
be . 

I  think  your  suggestion  of  talcing  tho  matter  up  before 
the  manufacturers’  Meeting  will  do  some  good,  if  it  is  approached  careful- 

1910.  Motion  Pictures  -  Experimental  (D-10-47) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
technical  development  of  films,  cameras,  and  projectors.  Included  are  items 
pertaining  to  the  experimental  work  on  color  photography  contracted  to  Charles 
L.  Brasseur;  other  experimental  work  conducted  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory 
by  Willard  C.  Greene;  and  the  development  of  the  "Household  Projecting 
Kinetoscope,"  a  small  projector  for  home  use.  There  are  also  assessments  of 
improvements  submitted  to  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  by  outsiders, 
including  evaluations  of  the  color  photographic  process  developed  by  Florence 
Warner  and  John  H.  Powrie.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Frank  L.  Dyer, 
vice  president  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.;  George  F.  Scull,  assistant  to 
the  vice  president;  and  Horace  G.  Plimpton,  manager  of  negative  production 
in  the  Kinetograph  Department. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  correspondence  regarding  improvements  that  the 
company  declined  to  pursue,  as  well  as  items  that  duplicate  information  in 
selected  material. 


Hio  ^  'P.  -  T1^  i-n-u 

Jan.  10,  1910. 

Mr.  Frank  L.  Dyer, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Hy  dear  Mr.  Dyer:- 

I  think  it  will  help  to  clear  matters  for  me  to  brief¬ 
ly  review  the  different  points  brought  out  in  my  talk  with  your 
Mr.  Greene,  and  between  ourselves  at  different  times. 

First,  I  consider,  that  as  far  as  the  positive  film  is 
concerned,  the  matter  is  purely  a  mechanical  one.  There  can  be  no 
doubt  whatsoever  that,  given  a  colored  negative, it  is  possible  to 
photographically  duplicate  colored  positive  films  with  no  more  troubl 
than  you  now  have  in  producing  black  and  white  films  and  just  as 

As  to  the  negative  film,  let  me  refresh  your  memory 

as  to  our  conversation  with  Mr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Gilmore  at  the  time_ 

we  first  di3CU33ed  this  matter. 

The  one  question  Mr.  Edison  immediately  put  was,  what 

about  the  red?  and,  as  I  explained  at  the  time  and  demonstrated 

since,  the  other  two  colors  can  be  fully  photographed,  a  deficiency 
of  the  red  can  be  remedied  by  retouching  it  in  on  the  original  nega¬ 
tive.  It  can  also  be  improved  by  favoring  the  red  image  when 
printing  the  colored  positive  film,  by  means  of  the  variable  sectors 
as  shown  by  me  to  your  Mr.  Greene.  All  mechanical  photographic  pro¬ 
cesses  require  some  re-touching,  and  ifc.  this  case,  all  that  would  be 
necessary  would  be  to  prepare  a  chart  of  say  30  or  40  colors  and  to 
make  a  negative  of  this  chart.  If  the  color  desired  were,  say  Ho. 
25,  the  re-toucher  would  only  have  to  consult  his  negative  chart  and 

300  v/hat  color  he  must  use  on  hia  negative  to  have  Ho.  25  appear  on 
the  positive  film. 

As  to  speed,  there  is  no  doubt  whatsoever  that  much 
greater  speed  than  you  mentioned  to  me  is  possible.  Years  ago, 

/  1900,  I  photographed  a  tiger  in  a'.qqarter  Becond,  (lens  6.8).  I  have 

made  a  horse  in  motion  in  what  the  shutter  makers  claim  was  1/55  of 
a  second,  and  as  to  1  and  2  second  exposures  in  the  shade  they  have 
been  innumerable.  But  it  seems  to  me  that  the  results  claimed  for 
the  Smith  two-color  process  more  than  anything  else  fully  justifies 
my  belief  that  great  speeds  are  possible,  for  it  is  claimed  that  they 
make  32  exposures  per  second.  If  they  can  do  that,  why  could  we  not 
make  our  16  per  second.  I  have  have  had  one  of  my  focal  plane 
shutters  tested  as  to  speed  by  means  of  on  apparatuc  which  records 
the  1/1200  of  a  second,  so  as  to  know  positively  what  I  am  doing, and 
now  that  the  harassing  mechanical  details  are  settled,  and  that  I 
know  exactly  the  method  I  am  to  follow,  I  intend  to  give  my  entire 
attention  to  making  up  films  and  the  question  of  the  speed  that  can 
be  attained  with  the  colors  that  are  available  for  my  purpose,  will 
soon  be  determined. 

I  have  some  time  ago  photographed  through  an  orange 
screen  in  1/35  of  a  second  and  I  know  that  much  faster  exposures  can 
be  had  with  the  green  and  the  blue  oolors  than  with  the  orange. 

I  am  again  going  to  invite  your  attention  to  a  letter  I 
wrote  you  before  we  concluded  to  begin  these  experiments  and  I  quote 
it  here  in  full: 


On  a  method  of  obtaining  colored  positive  films  from  existing  blaok 
and  white  negatives.  (Supplementing  Jotter  February  19th). 

A  negative,  complementary  in  color  to  the  desired  oolors  of 
the  positive,  is  essential.  As  it  would  be  extremely  difficult  to 
work  up  the  negatives  in  their  actual  3tate — that  is  to  keep  the 
effects  of  the  light  and  shade  and  give  the  oolors  the  tight  in¬ 
tensities,  it  will  be  better  to  make  enlarged  positive;,  films— color 
them  up  by  hand  in  the  desired  colors —  and  then  to  make  a  regular 
sized  negative  from  this  positive,  on  one  of  the  grained  negative 
folms.  This  grained  negative  now  in  complementary  colors,  or  prac¬ 
tically  so,  can  be  used  to  print  positive  colored  films  by  the  pro¬ 
cess  described  in  the  patent  application  submitted. 


As  to  the  negatives  to  be  made  in  the  future,  it  is  a 
question  whether  it  would  not  be  wise  to  follow  this  method  rather 
than  to  photograph  the  color  directly.  The  question  of  speed  of 
exposure  would  he  eliminated;  existing  accessories  could  he  used 
without  reference  to  the  color  and  if  a  color  record  were  desired 
of  the  costumes,  etc. —  a  single  color  record  could  be  made  with  on 
drdinary  camera.  Moreover  the  negative  could  be  used  for  both  black 
and  white  work  and  for  colors  wliicj  could  not  readily  be  done  if 
the  grained  colored  negative  were  the  first  one  made. 

To  Mr.  F.  L.  Byer, 

Montclair,  N.  J.  (Signed)  Chas.  L.  Brasseur, 

Feb.  22nd  '08. 

I  invite  you  to  seriously  considerthis,  especially  Jhe  note. 
X  realize  now  how  impossible  it  is  to  make  enlargement s  from  existing 
negatives,  hut  I  see  no  very  good  reason  why  new  negatives  should 
not  he  made  on  a  someivhat  larger  scale,  than  those  now  used,  the 
positives  of  coursg-  to  he  printed  the  same  size  as  those  now  in  use. 
The  adoption  of  this  course  would  not  prevent  or  delay  the  working 
up  the  fast  negative  film  and  you  would  have  the  satisfaction  of 
knowing  positively  that  you  could  soon  put  on  the  market  photograph¬ 
ically  colored  positive  films,  which,  after  all,'  is  what  the  public 
wamts.  At  least  why  not  try  one? 

X  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 




7Y\  •  p.  -  7^-kvvu 


Mr.  Buehler: 

1/14/ 10. 

I  propose,  just  as  soon  as  possible,  notify¬ 
ing  Mr.  Brassour  that  we  do  not  oaro  to  continue  with 
his  experiments  beyond  the  present  year,  which  1  think 
ends  March  31st.  Before  notifying  him,  I  would  like  to 
know  just  what  machines  and  other  materials  he  has  on 
hand  so  that  we  can  get  hold  of  it  when  he  is  closed  up. 

I  do  not  mean,  of  course,  the  material  he  would  use  from 
time  to  time,  but  the  permanent  things,  such  as  machines 
and  fixtures  of  various  sorts.  You  may  be  able  to  get 
these  from  the  various  invoices.  lot  me  have  this  infor¬ 

mation  as  soon  t 

3  possible. 

]?.  1. 

;.  D  .kfS 




Id,  1910. 

I.Itr.  Psnr.i;  .  iyor, 

Silicon  ."ainnd'autiu’inr;  Co. 

Oranj-o,  ,7 

3*0 ar 

In  ooraplionoo  with  hr.  Kdinon'c  and  your  ro- 
ouost,  I  have  nr  do  oovoral  preliminary  oxporimcnts 
wi“3'  1.7’c  Vmrncr  -  ovsdo  film  scroon  submitted,  r nd 
prooont  iiic  follov/inc  4  t.  for  your  consideration 
of  the  practical  operation  and  adaptation  to  the  present 
3'inotoccopo  Gorvioo.  I  pish  to  state  that  those  find- 
lMC“  ,ro  not  "°  130  oonoidorod  final  nor  ooaploto,  but 
oiu’fioiont  to  indioato  true  conoral  dlfsricultioG  to  bo 

On  January  12th,  at  11:  so  .  (n0  diroot  rmnlitfit) 

uoing  a  Imi.-d.orc  'achromatic  C  ostra  rapid  dry  a  to  (proh 
b:i.y  a  more  oono^tivo  surface  Lh  n  sensitised  filn  v.-ould 
be),  and  Goert?  Sorico  III,  6  n  otifinnt  lens,  the 
four  follo\.j n j  or-rpoouroo  acre  undo  to  cheer  other  previous 

1*  _anoh.ronr.tic  C  on  y 
lone  aperture  r-22 
1/15  second. 

ho.  3.  "anchrcr.vtic  C  ulus  V/.-a  scroon 
J.eiia  aporturo  P—23 
1  second 

ho.  3.  aanchror.v  tic  C  nine  V/.-’h  scroon  m%m 
conponoatinc  filter, 
hens  npcrturo  P-22 
0  oooenda 

Panchromatic  C  plus  r».  r?-  screen  pluo 
oompenGatinc  filter 

ions  a  -orturo  P-0 
l/l5  socond. 


Hi  coo  four  onposm-os  wore  developed  simulta¬ 
neously  with  normal  lyro-Boda.  dcvclopor  under  normal  con¬ 
ditions.  The  printc  v:oro  nado  undor  conditions  oqual 
to  all.  She  cup o our o  ration  permit  of  at  loaot  an 
approximate  ootiraato  of  tlio  opood  relation  of  tlio  color 
procooc  to  the. monotone  procooo.  I  v/ich  to  onphnslso 
that  while  ohort  exposures  aro  porfootly  oosciblo  with 
louses  working  at  the one  apertures  of  F-5.5  to  F-5, 
it  has  boon  found  impractical  to  use  ouch  ;v-orturoc  in 
General  i'.inctoocopc  worh,  o  tlio  nogativoo  have  insuffi- 
oiont  sharpness  due  to  the  email  dopth  of  focus  of  lonsos 
WorJring  c.t  ouch  larcc  apertures.  To  obtain  tho  roqui- 
cito  aharpnooo,  apertures  from  3?-0  to  F-16  aro  ncoossary. 
Also,  in  color  worh  an  error  of  over  20#  is  docidodly 
a  critical  condition  and  tho  peroont  of  failures?  therefore 
would  he  much  creator  than  with  the  present  r out i ftp  worh. 

An  cztronoly  important  peiivl;  to  consider  is  the 
adherence  of  tho  Gelatine  emulsion  to  the  film.  It 
has  not  boon  determined  if  tho  sr.oroon^gjyf  so  would  exort 
an  unfavorable  influonco  upon  tho  adJjforonco .  C-olatino 
emulsion  will  strip  from  celluloid  unless  tho  film  is 
specially  troated,  and  considerable  oxporinontal  worh 
would  bo  necessary  with  tho  V/. -■?.  screen  to  dotormino  the 
most  advantacoous  troatmont. 

Suoh  other  points  as  spocinl  fine  Grained  om.ul- 
siono,  noro  rapid  sonsitisors,  conponcatinG  filters  of 
lower  extinction  ocofficlcntc ,  moro  rapid  shutter  dovioos, 
positive  printing,  do-sonsitising  for  dovolopmont,  oto. , 
ctol  I  have  not  undertahon  to  give  special  considora- 
tion  in  this  report.  Hoo?ootrHliy  yours, 

Do  ■*./>. 

Jan.  20,  1910. 

Mr.  Prank  1.  Dyer , 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 

Orange,  If.  J. 

Boar  Sir: 

At  Mr.  Edison's  and  your  request,  I  have  mado  an 
analytical  survey  of  certain  methods  for  photographing  and 
projecting  color  in  kinetoscope  work  as  Mr.  Charles  1. 

Brassour  has  anticipated.  I  mado  two  visits  to  Mr. 

Brasseur's  laboratory,  whero  he  explained  numerous  details  of 
the  procoss,  showed  me  various  material  and  also  work  in  the 
experimental  stage.  The  tri-oolor  film  screen  I  understand 
is  not  as  yet  perfected.  Various  phases  of  the  process,  in  a. 
general  way,  may  he  statod  as  follows: 


To  oonsist  of  orange,  yellow-green  and  blue-violet 
eloments  mado  of  minute  cubes  of  stained  celluloid  comented  to 
a  celluloid  supporting  film,  without  instersticos  nor  opaque 
filling.  The  actual  ratio  of  the  finished  screen,  or  the 
percent,  of  incident  light  it  excludes  has  not  been  determined. 
A  rapid  panchromatic  dry-plate  exposed  behind  it  would  probably 
roquire  (estimated  by  Vi.  C.  0.)  12-15  times  more  exposure  than 
same  plate  without  screen.  Actual  permanence  of  the  colors 
under  repeated  effect  of  light  and  heat  of  electric  arc  is 


The  adherence  of  gelatine  emulsion  to  the  finished 
film  screen  is  a  matter  requiring  experimental  work.  Emul¬ 
sion  will  strip  easily  unless  the  celluloid  is  specially 
treated  and  such  treatment  is  held  a  seorot  process  among 

( 2 )  ■ 

film  makers.  She  technique  required  might  influence  the 
permanence  of  the  colors  and  also  might  cause  the  colors  to 
spread.  Emulsions  of  finer  grain  than  the  present  Eastman 
negative  film  would  he  necessary  in  order  to  preserve  continu¬ 
ity  of  detail.  Therefore  a  less  sensitive  emulsion,  in  the 
light  of  our  present  knowledge. 


Color  sensitiveness  would  have  to  ho  conferred  upon 
the  emulsion  hy  the  process  called  sensitizing,  e.g. ,  adding 
certain  dye-stuff  solutions  direct  to  prepared  omulsion  or 
hy  bathing  emulsion  coatod  film  in  weak  dye  solutions  with 
subsequent  drying.  Either  process  lowers  the  general  sensi¬ 
tiveness  of  tho  emulsion,  impairs  its  keeping  qualities  hy 
development  of  chemical  fog,  increases  its  difficulty  of  hand¬ 
ling  and  of  clear  development.  Sensitizing  for  true  reds 
would  lower  the  green  sensitiveness  together  with  the  com¬ 
bined  sensitiveness  too  much  for  general  practice.  Mr. 
Brassour  does  not  anticipate  using  film  sensitized  for 
true  rods,  hut  would  compensate  hy  retouching  negative  film 
with  required  complementary  color.  Up  to  present  date  no 
manufacturer  has  marketed  panchromatic  film.  It  would  he  from 
15$  to  35$  slower  than  sensitive  film  used  at  present. 

To  obtain  correct  photographic  register  of  colors 
according  to  their  visual  intensities,  a  yellow  compensating 
filter  (used  before  or  betweon  lens),  correctly  adjusted  to 
tho  color  sensitiveness  of  the  emulsion,  must  bo  used. 

This  filter  will  generally  require  an  increased  exposure 
6  to  8  times.  According  to  the  season,  time  of  day  and  condi¬ 
tion  of  atmosphere  it  is  necessary  to  vary  tho  intensity  of 


this  filter  to  compensate  for  changing  character  of  daylight, 
ilr.  Braoseur  has  made  provision  for  those  conditions.  Un¬ 
fortunately,  some  of  tho  dark  days  requiro  the  use  of  a 
deeper  screen  than  seme  of  tho  bright  days.  Incorporating 
a  yellow  dye-stuff  in  the  emulsion  would  act  as  filter,  hut 
whilo  faster,  would  he  without  compensation.  Increasing 
depth  of  filter  doos  not  compensate  for  lack  of  rod  sensi¬ 
tiveness  entirely. 


Modern  anastigmat  lenses,  with  available  apertures 
of  P-3.5  and  P-4.5,  whilo  permitting  of  rapid  exposures  when 
working  at  ouch  apertures,  tho  negativo  obtained  possesses 
too  little  sharpness  and  too  slight  a  depth  of  necessary 
focus  to  make  tho  negative  acceptable  for  kinctoscope  work. 
Apertures  of  P-8  to  P-16  are  necessary  in  general  practice. 


As  focal  piano  shutters  are  not  sufficiently  perfect¬ 
ed  for  kinctoscope  work,  much  decrease  of  exposure  through 
shutter  devices  is  not  probable. 


Exposures  in  both  negative  and  positive  work  must 
be  within  very  small  limits  of  orror  (5$)  to  obtain  correct 
color  values.  Errors  of  20$  in  exposure  is  a  critical 
condition  in  color  work.  Color  values  would  vary  greatly 
with  incorrect  exposures.  Tho  percent  of  failures  unquestion¬ 
ably  would  bo  much  greater  than  in  regular  work.  A  l/35th 
/  second  exposure  through  a  teight  red  screen  is  possible  with  a 
rapid  dry-plate  sensitized  for  red  especially;  under  best  con¬ 
ditions  of  light,  and  at  an  aperture  of  P-6.8,  but  these  con¬ 
ditions  are  unadaptable  for  even  the  most  ordinary  of  moving 


picture  work  as  Indicated  above. 

HKmoparmTi : 

All  film  would  require  do-sensitizing  to  make  hand¬ 
ling  during  development  a  safe  process.  Clear  and  clean 
results  could  not  be  expected  in  general  practice  as  with  c-~~- 
unsen3itized  ‘‘•Ham.*' • 


Positive  film  would  require  same  sensitizing  as 
negative  film,  exposing  through  compensating  filter  and  the 
additional  care  in  handling;  also  incroased  intensity  of 
illumination  to  moko  short  exposures  possible. 


Added  .extinction  of  incident  light  by  tri-color  film 
screen  demands  incroased  intensity  of  illumination  in  pro¬ 
jection,  which  increases  the  fire  risk  unless  corrected  by  a 
cooling  oell  system.  Likewise,  there  is  increased  liability 
to  bleach  colors  of  the  color  filter. 


Most  work  tends  to  show  a  preponderance  of  some  one 
color,  gone  rally  blue  whore  short  exposures  are  attomptod. 
Compensation  by  changing  the  values  of  the  tri-color  screen 
ratios  for  the  positive  film  as  suggested  by  Mr.  Brassour 
would  change  only  a  small  percent  of  color. 


Lack  of  red  sen3itivenoss  in  the  emulsion  could  be 
compensated  by  retouching  the  negative  with  its  complementary 
color.  This  is  practical  where  such  color  is  isolated  or  in 
patches,  but  where  it  is  a  component  element,  considering 
y  pigments,  as  in  brown,  greens,  puiples,  etc.  ,  with  their 

v/  various  shades  and  corrections  would  be  impossible,  as 


instanced  in  the  detail  of  landscape  or  stage  settings.  Hr. 
Brasseur  suggests  the  use  of  large  nogative  film  to  obviate 
some  of  the  retouching  difficulties. 


Iri-color  film  screen  12-15  times  increase  over  nor¬ 
mal  exposure,  with  compensating  filter  6-8  times  over  that. 
Sensitizing  emulsion  lowers  sensitiveness  probably  25$. 
lenses  cannot  be  used  at  large  apertures  and  obtain  re¬ 
quired  sharpness  of  image.  Adherence  of  gelatine  emulsion  to 
tri-color  film  a  subject  for  experimental  work,  as  is  a  fine 
grained  but  rapid  emulsion,  and  the  proper  sensitizing  of  the 
same.  Errors  of  exposures  must  bo  within  very  small  limits, 
therefore  peroent  of  failures  much  greater  than  with  regular 
process.  Red  sensitive  emulsion  not  anticipated,  therefore 
larger  negative  film  required  to  facilitate  compensatory 
retouching.  Permanency  possibly  questionable.  General 
color  effects  uncertain  and  more  density  than  with  a  monotone 

Respectfully  yours. 


Jan.  21,  1910. 

Frank  L.  Dyer,  Esq.  , 

Dear  Sir:- 

So  fully  understand  the  roll-film  problem  I 
think  it  will  be  well  to  review  the  considerations  involved,  which 
considerations  have  prompted  my  course. 

Apart  from  that  prime  necessity  of  cheap  and  reliable 
production  of  the  film,  a  matter  which  goes  without  saying,  it  was 
evident  'that,  for  the  film  to  be  durable,  the  material  forming  the 
pattern  of  the  screen  must  be  part  and  parcel  of  the  film— welded 
to  it,  not  stuck  on  it— so  that  it  could  be  rolled  and  unrolled 
without  danger  of  the  pattern  scaling  off  in  spots. 

That  it  be  absolutely  transparent  so  as  to  admit  of 
the  greatest  possible  brilliancy  of  the  image. 

That  the  colored  units  forming  the  pattern  of  the  screen- 
lines,  blocks  or  dots— be  such  as  to  admit  of  the  formation  of  any 
length  of  film,  at  the  same  time  guarding  against  the  possibility 
of  any  line  of  demarcation  showing  where  any  two  lengths  of  film 
are  welded  together. 

That  these  colored  units  be  not  only  extremely  small 
but  be  of  praotically  the  same  siae;  that  they  be  kept  together 
if  possible  in  groups  of  three  colors  so  as  to  make  it  possible, 
when  photographing  to  get  the  right  color  in  the  smallest  details. 

Finally,  that  these  groups  of  threes  be  so  united  as  to 
furnish  a  screen  free  from  apparent  structure,  thus  avoiding  the 
mechanioal  effeot  so  unpleasantly  evident  in  screens  having  a  re¬ 
gularly  recurrent  pattern. 

For  about  two  years  before  I  met  you,  1  had  been  experi- 

*•  L*  D.  #2.  ^ 

men ting  with  various  transparent  f  MU*,  having  come  to  the  conclu- 
Bion  that  filaments  .or  threads  would  most  easily  furnish  the  units 
of  a  uniform  size.  My  attempts  , at  that  time,  to  hunch  them  to¬ 
gether  and  out  them  into  sheets  made  me  believe  that  that  would  be 
extremely  difficult  to  accomplish  with  the  limited  means  at  my  com¬ 
mand.  I  had  also  drawn  up  a  mechanism  on  the  shot-tower  principle 
to  obtain  droplets.  On  the  other  hand,  the  fact  that  silk  was 
being  cut  up  in  very  small  lengths,  for  use  in  making  imitation 
velvet  wall  papers,  and  the  fact  that  one  of  the  parties  engaged  in 
thus  cutting  silk,  Mr.  Evrard,  offered  to  place  his  experience  at 
my  command,  decided  me  in  favor  of  the  cutting  up  of  filaments  to 
obtain  my  units. 

1  had  obtained  samples  of  the  various  artificial  filamente 
on  the  market,  and  found,  that  though  cheap  and  very  fine  in  tex¬ 
ture  ($1.80  to  $3'. 00  per  lb.),  they  were  extremely  irregular  in  sec¬ 
tion  and  thus  unfit  to  obtain  units  of  a  uniform  volume.  1  have 
been  told  since  that  this  irregularity  is  not  necessarily  inherent 
to  the  process  of  manufacture,  but  that  twists  are  introduced  to 
obtain  lustre, by  increasing  the  number  of  reflecting  surfaces.  I 
found  moreover ,  that  the  filaments  were  not  as  transparent  as  cel- 
luloid  and  analogous  Aplastic  substances.  By  exclusion  therefore,  I 
S  necessarily  came  back  to  celluloid  as  being  the  most  practical  under 
the  circumstances.  Celluoid  thread  had  been  made  and  material 
woven  out  of  it  years  ago,  but  the  manufacturers  claimed  that  it 
would  cost  thousands  and  thousands  of  dollars  to  re-establish  the 
plant  for  making  filaments,  and  I  therefore  concluded  to  produce 
the  filaments  myself  by  cutting  up  thin  film.  This  was  the  state 




of  affairs  when  I  met  you. 

As  to  the  first  thread-cutting  machine,  it  is  only- 
necessary  to  review  the  difficulties  we  had  in  obtaining  suitable 
material— how  I  scoured  America  and  Europe  for  tempered  steel— 
the  unwillingness  of  manufacturers  to  give  themselves  the  extra 
trouble  to  roll  metal  to  suitable  thicknesses  at  any  price.  We 
finally  got  the  machine,  but  had  to  rebuild  it,  X  don't  know  how 
malothermeS’  toefore  we  were  certaln  to  have  the  thread  delivered  on 
the  side  and  not  all  tangled  up  in  the  machine.  It  took  us  many 
months,  perhaps  the  best  part  of  a  year,  from  the  time  we j-werei enabled 
to  take  possession  of  the  laboratory,  July  1908,  before  we  felt 
sure  that  we  had  obtained  what  we  were  striving  for — threads  per¬ 
fectly  uniform  in  thickness  and  which  it  was  possible  to  make  by 
the  mile. 

In  the  meantime,  I  had  obtained  samples  of  coloring 
matters, suitable  for  dyeing  celluloid, from  all  the  color  manufactur 
era,  had  had  solutions  made  of  all  of  them,  had  had  duplicate 
specimens  of  film  dyed  with  these,  and  had  tried  one  complete  set 
of  specimens  in  the  electric  lantern,  each  one  going  through  1000 
times,  to  ascertain  the  light  resistance  of  the  various  colors—an 
endless  amount  of  detail  work,  but  essential  to  be  able  to  ensure 
a  satisfactory  produot. 

She  next  step  was  to  obtain  uniform  sections  of  the 
threads.  We  found  that  our  thread-cutting  machine  would  not 
answer  for  this  purpose.  It  wa3  impossible  to  hold  the  filaments 
so  as  to  out  an  entire  length  at  one  time ,  and  even  with  the  f ila- 


ments  imbedded,  in  paraffine,  there  were  draggings  and  tearings  of 
filaments  which  resulted  in  uneven  sections.  I  proceeded  to  alter 
a  cutting  machine  which  I  found  on  the  market  and  which  has  given 
exeoellent  results  down  to  3/1500  of  an  inch,  but  even  here,  there 
was  such  a  pulling  and  tearing  of  threads  that  it  became  necessary 
to  consider  imbedding  the  threads  in  harder  and  harder  material  so 
as  to  offer  greater  resistance  to  the  knife.  SYom  there,  coming 
baok  to  the  first  idea  of  cementing  the  threads  together,  and  then 
making  a  continuous  sheet  was  but  a  step. 

While  the  mechanical  parts  were  being  built,  X  undertook 
to  determine  the  conditions  necessary  to  ensure  the  welding  to¬ 
gether  of  the  small  units,  while  not  destroying  the  individual  uMt, 
th*t  is,  for  instance,  to  join  together  a  red  unit  having  a  diameter 
of  say  1/1000: te  ' 3/150(1  inch  and  a  red  ohe  without  any  appreciable 
mixture  of  color  at  the  point  of  welding.  This,  undoubtedly,  has 
been  the  hardest  problem  that  I  have  had  to  contend  with,  and  al¬ 
though  I  had  been  getting  along  pretty  well  during  the  fall,  it  was 
not  until  the  last  days  of  1909  that  X  felt  that  I  had  it  settled. 

I  had  started  out  on  the  well-known  theory  that  heat  and 
pressure  will  cause  pieces  of  celluloid  to  weld  together.  They  un¬ 
doubtedly  do  when  these  pieces  are  freshly  cut  and  have  fresh  sur¬ 
faces,  and  have  moreover  some  body  to  them,  but  when  those  pieces 
are  thoroughly  dried  pieces  of  film  1/1000  to  1/1500  of  an  inch 
thick,  the  problem  is  very  different.  I  have  united  many  films 
when  still  fresh  but  never  kept  the  colors  clear,  and  it  was  only 
after  many  experiments  that  I  found  that  part  of  the  color  mixing 

when  the  film  waa  in  this  fresh  state  was  due  to  the  vaporisation  of 
the  solvent  remaining  in  the  film  and  which  carried  the  color  along 
with  it.  I  made  numerous  experiments  changing  the  composition  of 
the  film  to  try  to  make  it  adhere,  but  with  little  success.  I 
found  that  it  was  necessary  that  the  film  be  absolutely  dry,  and  more¬ 
over  that  the  film  must  dry  spontaneously.  Application  of  heat  while 
dryingj if  applied  before  the  fourth  or  fifth  day, changes  many  of  the 
colors.  All  these  things  take  time.  Changing  the  temperature  of 
the  hydraulic  press  30  as  to  vary  an  experiment  takes  time~it  is  a 
great  ma3s  of  metal  to  heat  or  cool  and  if  you  use  small  masses  it 
is  difficult  to  keep  them  at  a  constant  temperature,  and  unless  you  do 
you  don't  know  what  you  are  doing,  and  it  is  essential  that  you  deter¬ 
mine  these  working  conditions  to  be  able  to  ensure  similarity  of  re¬ 
sults.  1  admit  this  is  a  platitude,  but  all  the  same,  these  things 
take  time  to  do. 

The  best  results  1  had  obtained  in  the  fall  were  with  vapors 
of  carefully  selected  solvents,  solvents  which  v/ould  not  affect  the 
colors  employed.  If  threads^be  exposed  thUB  in  a  chamber  and  the 
vapors  be  drawn  through  the,, threads,  they  will  gradually  soften  and  a 
gentle  pressure  is  all  that  is  necessary  to  make  them  adhere.  But  I 
had  great  variation  in  the  results,  a3  X  could  not  control  my  tempera¬ 
tures,  and  to  do  so, got  an  incubator  so  that  I  could  determine  and  con 
trol  exactly  the  conditions  under  which  I  was  working.  Por  the  assem¬ 
bling  lot  threads  :  I  think  that  there  is  no  better  way  than  this  grad¬ 
ual  softening  by  vapors  and  then  pressing  together.  Por  sheets  I  had 
to  proceed  differently  and  had  finally  to  give  up  the  heat  and  pres¬ 
sure  idea  and  cement  them  together.  It  took  a  long  time  to  work  that 


out,  —  book  information  is  very  meagre  on  the  subject,—  cements  sold 
in  the  market  aot  much  too  powerfully,  but  repeated  successes  with  the 
cement  I  have  made  up,  show  that  I  have  finally  worked  that  out.  I 
found  that  using  a  very  weak  cement  and  graining  the  surface  of  die 
film,  so  as  to  hold  it,  was  the  very  best  method,  even  on  a  large 
scale  this  would  be  easy,  as  rolls  are  made  for  the  purpose  of  grain¬ 
ing  sheets  by  passing  the  sheets sthrough  them.  X  have  been  doing  this 
cementing  by  hand,  but  of  course  must  make  up  a  small  machine  to 
moisten  and  roll  the  films  together.  This  is  the  only  machine  that 
I  need  to  complete  the  work.  The  grinding  machine  is,, to  be  repaired 
as  a  casting  broke.  I  believe  that  the  rest  is  all  done. 

I  must  now  make  up  some  films,  which  could  not  be  done  un¬ 
til  the  other  problems  had  been  worked  out  aB  the  color  (the  chemical 
not  the  hue)  varies  with  the  vapor  or  solvent  employed  to  facilitate 
adhesion  and  this  question  was  only  settled  a  day  or  two  before  the 
close  of  the  year. 

In  the  present  condition  of  affairs  this  film  making  takes  a 
quite  some  time.  I  need  about  500  sheets  of  each  of  the  6  colors- 
three  negative  colors,  three  positive  colors  and  the  sheets  must  be 
allowed  to  dry  spontaneously.  In  practice  it  will  be  possible  to 
make  up  filaments  direotly,as  artificial  silk  is  now  made,  as  the  ab¬ 
solute  uniformity  of  section  is  no  longer  required,  or  it  will  be  possi¬ 
ble  to  veneer  strips  frogi  a  solid  block  of  celluloid,  strips  so  narrow 
that  they  can  be  veneered  very  thin  and  then  split  up  into  filaments. 

If  the  filaments  are  spun  they  can  be  united  together  three  by  three 
by  the  process  known  as  throwsting,— the  process  by  which  textile 
threads  are  ordinarily  built  up,  and  then  converted  into  a  block  by 

S’.  L.  D.  #7. 

pumping  vapor  of  a  solvent  through  tlie  mass  and.  then  pressing  them  to¬ 
gether.  I  have  already  pressed  3ome  of  these  triple  threads  together 
and  cut  them,  and.  will  now  make  up,  before  making  the  final  blocks, 
enough  of  them  to  give  you  a  clear  idea  of  what  Buch  a  section  is. 

To  SU&  up  this  process  fulfills  practically  all  the  condi- 
.  It  is  cheap,  ( bfatub  twiWur'J 

tions  required.A  Threads  artificially  spun  costs  not 'over  $3.00  per 

lb.  The  threadB  can  be  united  together  three  by  three  by  the  methods 
now  used,  .or  thin  strips  oan  be  veneered  from  each  of  three  blocks 
rolled  together  into  one  triple  strip  and  cut  in  a  threading  machine, 
though  I  prefer  the  former  method.  Uniting  ar  welding  together  of 
these  triple  threads  into  a  solid  block  will  not,  I  believe, occasion 
much  difficulty,  for  the  experience  I  have  had  in  dealing  with  the  in¬ 
dividual  sheets  and  threads  will  serve  jflo  for  this.  The  units  are 
small,  1600  to  3600  per  sq.  mm.  and  are  moreover  united  in  groups  of 
threes.  The  screen  is  as  transparent  as  it  is  possible  to  have  it. 

It  is  structureless,  for  the  triple  threads  are  crushed  into  every  con 
ceivable  shape,  the  areas  along  remaining  equal.  This  enables  me  to 
make  ah  endless  strip  for  moving  picture  work,  for  there  is  no  pattern  at 
the1  point  of  juncture  to  be  matched.  As  to  the  thickness  of  this 

strip  I  cannot  affirm  at  present.  Flat  veneered  sheets  21  inches  wide 

and  IS  inches  long  are  made  1/175  of  an  inch  thick.  ' 

I  have  obtained  catalogues  from  the  principal  veneer  machine 
manufacturers  and  have  received  samples  of  veneered  wood  as  thin  as 
a/400  of  an  inch.  The  machines  made  at  Lockport,  II .  Y.  impressed  me  a 
as  being  so  particularly  well  built  that  I  went  up  to  see  about  them. 

The  manufacturers  are  willing  to  guarantee  me  a  machine  which  can  cut 
1/800  of  an  inch.  Only  experiment  will  determine  the  exact  thiokness 
which  can  be  cut  in  widths  suitable  for  moving  picture  work.  But  at 

ir.ii.D.  #8. 

the  very  worst,  if  we  cannot  veneer  this  screen  very  thin,  all  that 
we  will  have  to  do  will  be  to  grind  off  the  surface;  I  know  that 
this  is  possible,  for  X  have  done  so*  Neither  is  there  any  danger 
of  the  pattern  falling  to  pieces,  for  every  day  huge  quantities  of 
ivory  sheets  are  veneered  and  the  blockB  from  whioh  they  are  veneered 
are  made  up  of  alternate  light  and  dark  sheets  pressed  together. 

I  do  not  know  if  there  is  any  special  difficulty  in  veneer¬ 
ing  a  continuous  strip  of  celluloid.  Flat  veneering  is  done  every 
day ,  but  of  course  there  is  a  good  deal  of  resisting  material  against 
which  the  knife  can  press.  In  the  ordinary  rotary  machine  that  re¬ 
sistance  would  not  be  there,  but  it  occurred  to  me  that  were  it  ne- 
coosary  to  introduce  it,  all  that  would  have  to  be  done,  would  be  to 
reverse  the  ordinary  operation  of  rotary  veneering,  that  is,  make  a 
hollow  ring  of  celluloid  and  then  veneer  from  die  inside  as  shown  on 
the  accompanying  sketch.  That  would  overcome  that  objection,  if  ob¬ 
jection  there  be. 

X  have  tried  to  explain  things  clearly  for  you,  but  of 
course  it  is  difficult  to  see  things  from  the  other  man's  point  of 
view,  so  if  anything  remains  to  be  cleared  up,  just  make  me  a  list  of 
questions  and  I  will  answer  them  promptly. 

l7/o  ^ ^ 

January  21,  1910. 

Erarik  L.  Dyer,  Esq., 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

My-  dear  Mr.  Dyer:- 

Inasmuch  .as  some  remarks  have  been  made  to  me  by 
Mr.  Wilcox,  aB  to  the  length  of  time  consumed  in  getting  my 
color  work  into  shape,  and,  as  these  remarks  may  reflect  your 
views,  I  think  a  summary  of  the  work  done  and  to  be  done  is  ■ 
called  for. 

When  I  first  informed  Mr.  Wilcox  that  I  had  perfected 
a  color-photograph  copying  process,  which  would  probably  meet 
the  requirements  of  your  industry,  (your  Mr.  White  and  myself 
had  talked  these  matters  over  3ome  years  ago)  I  felt  and  feel 
today  that,  apart  from  the  question  of  negatives  on  which  you 
already  have  my  views,  the  problem  was  the  manufacture  of  the 
roll-film  and  that  that  was  purely  a  mechanical  one.  As  far 
as  the  color  is  concerned  1  had  then  and  have  now  no  doubts. 

I  feel  today  that  the  vast  majority,  if  not  all,  the  points  to 
be  worked  out,  have  been  worked  out  satisfactorily,  and  that 
what  remains  i3  practically  only  routine  work. 

I  was  held  up  for  a  time,  not  knowing  what  the  patent 
office  would  say  to  my  scheme.  As  far  as  the  continuous  roll 
film  is  concerned  no  objection  has  been  made  and  that  claim  is 

F.  L.  D.  #2. 

declared,  so  far  as  known,  allowable.  They  do  make  two  objections 
to  my  flat  blocks  for  amateur  use,  one  is  an  U.  S.  patent  of  1894, in 
which,  aii  individual’ 'builds  up  an  imitation  veneer  and  marble  out 
of  sheets  of  'glue,  sticking  rods  into  to  give  marble  effects  And 
slicing  it  up,  an  analogy  which  it  takes  the  Patent  office  to  find 
out.  The  other  is  Krayn  method  about  which  I  reported  to  you  in 
my  report  on  patents  of  February  or  March  190  8,  and  about  which  I 
have  no  reason  to  change  my  opinion  at  the  present  day. 

As  soon  as  I  have  these  two  dooumsnts  in  extenso,  Mr. 
Barkley  and  myself  will  prepare  the  answer  and  let  you  have  it. 

X  do  not  think  that  I  will  have  any  trouble  to  demonstrate  the 
fundamental  difference,  nothwithstanding  the  analogies. 

X  regret  that  my  annexed  report  should  be  so  long,  but 
it  is  only  fair  to  you  and  fair  to  myself  that  we  should  know 
where  we  are  at. 

I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

f  ■  jj-JLw*- 

Pol),  n,  1010. 

Mr.  Shonos  •  Edicbn, 

Port  Myoro ,  Florida. 

Dor.:.’  Mr.  Edison: 

EoGUrdinj;  tho  '.varaor-  r-owrio  color  photographic 
prcooso,  1  have  had  nono  recort  fcKblco  and  l  tta-a  from  Mr.'  towrio 
cud  1  would  line  to  have  you.  roniov.'  tho  ontiro  tuation  Y.£.uin 
and  advlco  r:.o  if  you  aro  atill  of  ■'•Mo  opinion,  in  view  0;?  later 
dcvolopnpntn,  that  tho  entire  propositi on  ahonld  Mo  tamed  down; 

i.lirt  I  an  1:1  v.:o  gr oatost  roar  oi‘  ia  that  the  proocac 
na.7  b 0  dovolopofi  ranter  thm  you  think  caid  1.  tor  on  we  nay  rind 
otirbolvoo  in  tho  position  of  having  to  pry  >thc  a  royalty  or 
buying  tho  00 lor  noaoitlaod  otoofc  from  Scntban'at  a  high  prioo. 

Of  oouroo,  tho  oiiaplo  and  porhape  tho  boat  human  thine  for  nc  to 
do  would  bo  to  drop  tho  wholo  nattor-  aid  roly  upon  Mr.  Croono'o 
royoi't  In  caao  tho  proeoarj  chould  later  on  prove  ouoooocfal,  but 
1  would  not  do  that,  and 'went  you  to  fully  undoratand  tho  (situ¬ 
ation  .00  that  if  ncooaaary  it  can  bo  turned  fiov.n  with  tho  fooling, 
tint  ouoooso  ,io  too  roaoto  to  bo  to  lien  into  oorisidoration. 

i’ho  mount  dirootly  involved  ia  tho  pcyrxrat  of  their 
osponooo  fron  Marla  to  Orange  and  return  and  thoir  onporinoutal 
onponao  whilo  hero,  the  wholo  not  to  cuccood  $£5,000.  Tho  con- 



si deration  price  of  $1300,000.  is  of  course  enormous,  "but  I 
■believe  if  noeoecary  this  tenant  could  bo  handled  in  none  fay 
through  tho  Patents  Comp  ny  co  that  all  tho  nonufQbturoro  would 
havo  the  right  to  uoo  the  grocoos  and  that  tho  other  rights  could 
be  diepoood  of,  no  that  the  direct  expense  would  not  bo  largo. 

I  also  thlnfc  that  if  v;o  (jot  tho  so  pooplo  over  hero  no  might' nako 
so  arrangement  with  thon  to  toko  over  only  tho  moving  picturo 
rights  at  a.  lowor  figvrO.  Ey  uholo  nnsLoty  in  tho  n.  ttor  io  that 
they  hevo  certainly  produced  a  cood  color  ocroon  adapt od  to  nov— 
iag/piotiiro  filoo,  nd  if  tho  photographic  problems  o:n  bo  solved 
tho  prooooo  ought  to  bo  practical,  end  I  would  hate  to  coo  tho 
invention  in  the  of  a  competitor. 

In  order  th  t  you  or.  pass  upon  the  whole  situation,  I 
herd  you  the  following  letters  .  nd  c  blograno,  which  2  h  vo  bound 
together  in  order: 

1-  -ho  original  letter  from  V.'e.rnor  and  howrio,  dated 
beccnbor  Blot,  with  letter  and  translation  thereof  from  -Vr.tho’a 
orqjort,  all  of  rrhioh  you  have  already  soon. 

2.  ’  iiy  letter  to  hr.1  i',  datod  January  12th, 
giving  your  viowsas  to  the  photographic  difficulties- 

Vs.  ay  letter  to  hr.,  sowrlc . 4/.’.tod  January  20th,  with 
copy  of  hr.  Greene’s  report  pointing  out  the  difficulty  of  rapid 
osrooouro-  and  tho  impossibility  of  using  narrow  lena  aporturcs, 
which  aro  necessary  in  tho  moving  pioturo  art. 

4.  Cablegram  from  hr.  Powrio  stating  that  ho  had 
orposod  twenty  motors  of  Eastman  film  full  -tino  at  twenty  per 
ooeond  through  Mo  color  ocroon  and  that  ho  could  demonstrate 
this  with  a  film  having  a  aolor  cq<oon  dirootly  thoroon. 

5.  ■  l.iy  oablo  to  ill'.  Powrio  inii  roply  asking  him  to 

•  a  end  uo  treaty  actors  of  noviac  picture  noeativo  at  SO  per  oooond 
ciiti  a  color  p3.-j.11t  thorofrom  with  emulsion  011  tho  noroon. 

G.  IJy  letter  of  January  -Slot,  confirming  the  loot 


V.  Cahlogran  from  hr.  p carlo  to  no  of  January  3Sad, 
stating  that  ho  cannot  naho  the  negativo  rad  positive  roqii&stfcd 
tjircugh  laol:  of  facilities! ,  which  ivo  statos  no  'ti&yfi  at  Orange. 

G.  hcttcrc  from  hr.  dated  January  SGrd  roply- 
iriG-  to  r.  Crocno’o  roporfc  rad  divine  &  canplo  of  a  pooitivo 
print  ohtnino.  from 'a  negative  or:poaod  through  tJxcir  sercon. 

lease vex.  uhis  letter  o  refill  y,  heesuso  it  gives  their 
iiloan  -o  to  overcoming  th--.  uiffic rltioa  you  havo  had. 

9.  hy  letter  to  .a-  v.’owric  of  "oorurry  1st,  ashin g 
him  to  cable  his  opinion  of  lr.  Grccno’s  report. 

10.  Cablegram  from  nr.  fowrla  to  no  oil  .'.Ir*  C-rccnc * s 
roporu.  svaiing  tr.  t  the  objootions  cm  00  ovorcono. 

-j-* ’  deport  from  hr.  Grcor.o  doted  february  Krd ,  which 
-  requested  him  to  xv  rro  and  in  which,  apparently, 
iri.j  v-ao./C  arc  rjomov/rr.r  moiiaiiod.  In  other  word.?. ,  I.  understood 
Iiir.i  originally  to  holieve  thattSho  photographic  difficulties  v;oro 
00  Groat  tliQt  no  roasonahlo  hope,  of  success  could'  ho  -expected, 
hut  I  now  undorctrnd  that  ho  fools  that  under  sono  conditions 
with  a  vory  intense  light'  satisfactory  rosultp  night  ho  orpootod. 

I  wish  you  would  road  over  those  payors  and  lot  me  Imow 
what  you-  t.hinh  should  he  done.  Personally,  I  havo  a  fooling 
that  if  they,  over  hero  they  would  find,  that  they  would 
encounter  difficulties  that  thoy  do  not  now  soo,  and  it  would  ho 
unplbasant  for  me  to  fool  that  I  he.d  hoon  too  inclstont  in  having 
the. ouporinont  triod  out.  I  thereforo  put  tho  wholo  thing  up' 

E.  Kdioon.  ’  . . ,C(^,L  C0Hp,NV  2/3/  1C. 

to  you  and  if  you  nay  not  to  go  ahead.  any  further  than  I  have 
aono  then  I  will  dinnioc  it  from  ny  mind  ,:nd  think  no  mono  ah out 

I  wish  you  would  tolcyrnn  no  what  you  dooido  go  that  I 
•eon  oaklo  l'r.  fowrio .prompt ly. 

'fours  very  truly, 




m  o 




lie.  Prank  L.  Dyor, 

Edison  nufacturinc;  Co. , 

Orange,  II.  J. 

Dear  Oil’: 

Ac  roquoatod,  I  h. vc  roviowod  the  ocxTOspcn&cnoo  end 
t'i a.l  in  ro  i/i!i*nor-'Jov;ric  process,  and  In  view  o i  cuoli 
Civo  the  j.cllo-.lnc  opinion  au  to  the  possible  adaptability  to 
the  ."inctoscopo  v/orli. 

Ii’  lor.  Pov/rio  lias  sonsiticod  Eootn.-.  n  film  go  that  it  is 
oeual  in  value g  to  the  '  x\  tton-  iiii  xi£,ht  plato  lie  ha;:  px-cduood 
;  sufficiently  ooncitivo  surfreo  fox-  oinonatocraphy  in  colors. 

Ueinc  color  oo.-  oon  film  without  conponsatinc  filter 
( probabl;  •  by  incorpora.ti nf;  a  miitnblo  yellow  dye-stuff  in  the 
ooncitisor)  roduocs  the  nooo:;:..a.ry  onpoesuro  vory  riHjcri.-l’’  y 
but  noclootri  the  necessity  of  oeixoonsi.vfcion  due  to  variable  l:l£ht. 
Thoco  two  conditions  combined  vith  tho  uoo  of  lone  syotc.- □  work¬ 
ing  at  the  osctojwe^  e.port urea  of  P-3.15  to  P-4. 5  would  cortainly 
permit  of  fully  timed  erpoouros . 

If  th.o  question  of  aulioro.iec  nny  bo  absolutely  elimi¬ 
nated,  as  hr .  Powrio  claims,  the  prooooo  in  one  to  two  years  timo 
oucht  to  boeono  a  dangerous  buoinooc  proposition  in  tho  bonds  of 
c.  comp'otitor. 

Undor  tho  conditions  epeCifiod  above,  I  continue  to  doubt 
that  tho  order  of  wort  done  could  approach  tho  standard  require¬ 
ments  of  the  Edison  Ainotoseopo  film  oorvieo  for  several  years. 

Also,  I  wish  to  omphasizo  tho  fact  that  thoro  aro  to¬ 
day  at  loast  five  other  similar  odor  dovioes  pcx’foetod  which 
likewise  may  bo  applicable  to  hlnotosoopo  film-  Of  all  tho 


prooonsoB,  ono  cortr.lnly  ornnot  tut  :  dniit  tho  v<r.raor-l?OT7rio  to 
to  in  tlie  noot  ndvinood  otato  of  nooh  nic:tl  porfootion  to-day. 

Youtd  roapootfally, 

Eeb.  4,  1910. 

Mr.  Dyer: 

In  Re  Edison-Braoseur  Color-Photography  Contract. 

In  my  opinion  the  contract  "between  Mr.  "Edison  and 
Mr.  Brasseur  gives  Mr.  Edison  the  following  rights: 

1.  An  exclusive  license  to  use  in  connection  with 
the  moving  picture  industry  exclusively,  all  patented  and 
unpatented  inventions  and  improvements  adapted  for  use 
in  color-photography  as  applied  to  the  moving  picture  industry, 
which  Mr.  Brasseur  has  made  or  may  make  up  to  the  time  the 
contract  ceases  to  he  in  force,  subject  to  royalty 
conditions.  Your  letter  Mr.  Brasseur  of  March  13,  1908,  states 
that  Mr.  Edison  is  to  have  all  inventions  which  Mr.  Brasseur 
has  made, or  may  make  of  the  specified  kind  during  the  term  of 
the  contract . 

2.  The  exclusive  right  to  license  others  to  use  the 
inventions  and  improvements  as  set  forth  in  paragraph  1. 

3.  The  right  to  any  improvements  which  Mr.  Brasseur 
may  make  at  any  future  time  connected  with  making  a  commercial 
success  of  the  inqprovements  and  inventions  as  set  forth  in 
paragraph  1,  provided  such  future  improvements  are  not  in¬ 
ventions,  and  provided  Mr.  Edison  can  obtain  knowledge  as  to 
what  these  improvements  are.  I  fail  to  see  how  Mr.  Brasseur 
can  he  .made  to  disclose  any  future  improvements  of  the  kind 
specified  which  he  may  make,  hut  no  one  hut  Mr.  Edison  could 

use  the  same  if  they  are  found  to  he  subject  to  the  improvements, 

Mr.  3?.  L.  33.  -2- 

the  exclusive  license  to  which  Mr.  Edison  has  already- 
acquired.  If  Mr.  Brasseur  patents  future  improvements, 

Mr.  Edison  would  have  no  rights  therein  as  the  patents  would 
Be  evidence  of  invention  and  Mr.  Edison  has  acquired  only 
inventions  made  during  the  life  of  the  contract. 

If  the  question  arises  in  the  future  as  to  whether 
a  certain  improvement  was  invented  previous  or  subsequent 
to  the  time  when  the  contract  ends  (March  IS,  1910  ?  )  the 

burden  of  proof  will  be  on  Mr.  Edison  to  show  that  the 
invention  was  made  prior  to  the  cessation  of  the  contractural 
relation.  Mississippi  01a3s  Co.  vs.  Eranzen,  138  E.R.  924, 
143  E.R.  501-506.  It  is  essential,  therefore,  that 
Mr.  Edison  get  as  much  evidence  as  possible  as  to  what 
Mr.  Brasseur  has  accomplished.  Mr.  Greene's  report  of 
January  20,  1910,  does  not  appear  to  be  very  explicit  on  this 


Mr.  Chariots  1,.  liraccour, 

116  Eromont  Ave . , 

Or.  ngo,  J. 

Dear  Llr.  Braooour: 

Aftor  moct  oaroful  consideration  I  havo  con¬ 
cluded  that  wo  cannot  orfcond  the  arrangement o  with  you  beyond 
the  prooont  year  ending  March  10,  1010.  ahnt  io  the  date  of 
your  original  contract  with  uo  ao  of  the  yoar  19 08,  • nd  wee  • 
aocoptod  by  ny  letter  f  Maroh  13,  1008.  Ehcoo  tv;o  lotterc, 
v/ith  tho  exception  of  tlio  modification  arrengod  verb- lly  bo  two  cn 
:”rV  pilooro  and  yourself  rnd  mentioned  in  your  letter  of  March 
17th,  1900,  to  mo,  conpriood  all  tho  contract o  wo  roltting 
to  thin  mot-tor.  At  the  time  tho  proposition  woe  originally  out 
to  mo  it  wac  your  expectation  that  in  one  yoar  you  would  bo  .able- 
to  o enrol otr ly  dovolop  tho  procooo,  and  tho  peccability  of  having 
to  o:-rt  end  tho  expert  men  to  for  tho  torn  of  ;  nothor  yoar  wao  con- 
oidorod  vory  remote.  ■  1  hivo  oonoludod  from  what  'investigations 
I  can  n  ire. into  tho  matt or  and  from  tho  roporto  of  others  that 
tho  commercial  poacibility  of  tho  .procooo  ic-.oo  far  in  tho 
future  oo  not  to  warrant  us  to  continuo  tho  proaont  •  arrangoinont , 
and  it  ic  for 'this  roncen  ontiroly  ta 

j  \  hrii!  1  h.  .vo  olootod  to  torrii- 

Ch., rlc  o  .  Bras sour.  Et>,S0N  MANUrAo^uw,io  2/7/1910. 

nath  tho  same  on  liar  h  10,  1910. 

In  this  conncotion  I  should  perhnpc  formally  notify  you 
that  under  the  contracts  as  evidenced  hy  tho  lottoro  ahovo  roforrod 
to,  i,Ir.  Edison  having  complied  with  all  the  conditions  inposod 
upon  him  is  ontitlod  to  tho  oxoluoivo  right  to  use  in  connection 
with  tho  moving  picture  business  any  inventions  thtt  you  may  . 
hayo  made  prior  to  tho  dato  of  the  contract  anu  during  tho  contract 
period,  pi-ovidod,  of  courso,  ho  pays  the  royalties  contomplatod 
hy  tho  oontraot.  I  make  this  claim  non  on  lir.  Edison's  bohalf 
in  order  that  there  may  bo  no  misunderstanding  in  tho  futuro. 

Regarding  tho  osporimontal  'apnaratus  and  other' property 
of  tho  company  in  your  charge,  I  do  not  know  v bother  you  would  ' 
caro  to  buy  those  things  or  tuarivsthern  back  to  us,  but  I  wish 
you  would  toko  up  this  matter  with  iir.  Wilson  and  arrange  tho 
details  in  connection  therewith.  Eho  experimental  ©p-w.r:  tus  is 
not  particularly  valuable  -  to  us  and  may  possibly  bo  to  you,  and 
I  should  be  vory  glad  to  lot  you  have  it  at  a  reasonable  figure 
and  in  fact  to  do  :  11  in  my  power  to  onablo  you  to  carry  on  your 
oxperimonts  in  othor  linos  or  along  tho  same  lino  if  you  desire- 
Should  you  continue  the  oxporinonts  at  your  own  expense  and  event¬ 
ually  develop  tho  invention  co  that  it  may  become  possible  in 
tho  moving  picture  buoirioss,  then  of  course  I  will  bo  very  glad 
.to "toko  up  the  jnattor  vrith  you  and  if  wo  docido  to  adopt  tho 
prooosc  we  will  provide  for  tho  royaltios  contomplatod  by  tho 

Yours  vory  truly, 


Vico-Trcsidont . 

-89.9.  .. 


to.  Scull:  3/0/10. 

I  hnntl  you  liorowitli  memorandum  from  hr.  losola  to  Ur. 
'Color  regarding  tho  waterproof  filn,  v:hioh  you  i  jll  plor.r.o  i'ilo  e'cnjfid ontially.  rJZ.  not  frr.-yt  to  t.  v,r,  the  natter  "ith 
--"~>oao:',  ;:.n&  v.oo  that  ho  trios  out  lr.  Csssla's  suggestion 
c£  using  a  S;“»  acetic  acid  solution  Co:.:  treating  tho  films  leforo 
they  arc  terproofed.  Aoocrdi.jg  to  Mr.  Colo::,  thin  treatnont 
Tno.i:oE  tho  tptorproofod  f.iln  stick  vory  muoli  mere  tonaei  ously 
'  \  the  haso  th.-n  when  plain  wntor  is  uaod.  I  have  mentioned  the 
ter  to  .Mr.  Jamoaon,  hut  you  rant  to  seo  that  it  io  carried  out 

S'h:  t  comprehensive  wear  tosts  r.rc  made  "by  Iir.  Gall  so  that 
X  ho  ouro  it  is  all  right . 


Also  arrange  with  Dt.  lossla  to  file  an  application 
on  this  suggestion  and  havo  it  assigned  to  tho  Edison  Mfg.  Co. 
HiU/lOT/  P.  1.  3. 


:l3i-8 - 

Mr.  Willard  C.  Groene:  s/s/lO. 

I  have  just  received  word  from  our  agent  in 
Paris  that  the  preliminary  contract  with  Ur.  Powric  and  Hiss 
V/arner  has  boon  signed  and  that  they  will  probably  roach  this 
country  about  tho  15th  of  March.  Ploaso  have  everything  in 
roadiness  for  them.  I  suggest  that  you  begin  to  clean  out  the 
Galvan omoter  Hoorn  so  as  to  have  it  ready  for  them  in  ordor  that 
wo  will  not  wasto  time  in  clearing  it  up  after  they  come.  Of 
course  it  will  not  be  nocossary  to  mako  any  arrangements  regarding 
partitions,  because  I  agree  with  you  that  wo  ought  to  allow  this 
to  bo  decided  by  them,  „ 




Hckort :  s/14/ir;. 

Arrangononta  hr.V9  been  made  with  ilr.  Bras sour 
whoroby  he  is  to  continue  operations  as  at  present  up  to  April 
10th,  at  which  time  hie  aalary  and  expenses  with  us  aro  to  be 
diacontin: od,  unless  you  aro  otherwise  instructed. 


I-  D. 



March  18th,  1910. 


It  was  arranged  that  Messrs.  Green,  Oliver,  and 
AiTii tags  would  constitute  a  committee  for  the  Improvement  of  our 
light  applied  to  each  particular  soene  to  he  taken  within  the  next 
10  days  or  two  weeks.  This  question  will  involve  the  use  of  differ¬ 
ent  screens  which  Mr.  Oliver  is  to  take  up  immediately  as  to  various 
thicknesses  of  oloth. 


Mr.  Green  is  to  associate  himself  with  Mr.  Armitage  to¬ 
ward  questions  of  developing  and  particularly  the  making  of  tost 
pieces  of  the  negative.  He  is  also  with  Mr.  Oliver  to  make  testa 
of  positive  prints  under  different  lights. 


Mr.  Green  has  offered  to  start  a  system  of  filing  com¬ 
prising  negative  test  pieces,  the  negative  as  finally  developed 
also  seotions  of  positive.  Upon  the  completion  of  this  system  at 
the  time  that  he  leaves  the  studio  it  is  hoped  that  it  will  he 
in  suoh  operation  that  we  can  take  oare  of  It. 

H.  Or.  P. 

I  am  sending  the  above  qis  a  short  resume  of  our  oonfsrence 
of  Wednesday  afternoon  in  order  to  have  the  matter  on  record.  you 
will  understand  that  we  are  sending  a  copy  to  you  simply  that  you 
my  he  in  possession  of  the  facts. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Green,  Oliver,  Armitage. 


Llocoro.  ffad&oll,  SoM£flt  Call  and  fcroono 


liio  >h.p. 

Regarding  tho  proposed  Houoohoia  projecting 
machine,  as  a  rosult  of  our  oonforonoe  and  in  ox’dor  to  mako  m£ 
a  matter  of  record,  tho  following  mncJiincs  to  ho  aooignod 
in  tho  Unginooring  Department: 

(1)  Tho  proposod  project ins  mochanion  is  to  ho  provided 
with  a  hotter  form  of  foe  dins  dovico  for  tho  film,  proforuhly  a 
star  whool  mechanism  if  posoihle,  giving  on  0  to  1  food.  Ur. 

Gall  in  to  dosisn  this  under  Ur.  Schiffl's  dirootion  and  a  samplo 
mado  as  coon  as  possible. 

(2)  A  stripping  machino  for  stripping  or  c loaning  old 
omtiloion  from  colluloid  stock.  so  ho  designed  hy  Hr.  Groono 
under  Hr.  SeMffl's  direction.  I  understand  ffcofc  Hr.  Greene  has 
his  ideas  pretty  well  workod  out. 

(S)  Ooatinc  machino  for  applying  now  emulsion  to  cel¬ 
luloid  stock.  To  ho  dosignod  hy  I, Jr.  Groonc  under  Hr.  Scliiffl's 

(4)  Cutting  machino  for  cutting  film  to  corroct  width 
and  perforating  same.  I  unaorstand  that  Ur.  loomis  has  already 
huilt  a  temporary  machine  for  this  purpose.  If  this  temporary 
maohino  will  have  suffioiont  capacity  for  our  purposos  and  is 
otherwise  0.  E. ,  a  now  machino  will  not  ho  nooossaiy,  hut  if  not 
a  now  machino  should  ho  dosignod.  Ur.  Gall  will  dosign  tho 
now  rnohino  under  Ur.  Schiffl's  direction. 

{E)  A  nogatlvo  roduoing  maohino  for  making  an  inter¬ 
mediate  sisod  nogativo  hy  photographio  projootion  from  throo 
standard  also  positivos*  So  ho  worked  out  hy  Ur-  Gall  under  Ur. 
Sohiffl's  direction  and  in  consultation  with  Ur.  Groono. 

(6)  A  positive  printing  maohino  for  printing  small 
siao  positivos  from  an  intermediate  ciso  nogatiyo  by  photographic 
projection,  probably  similar  to  Ho.  5.  2o  bo  worked  out  by  Hr. 
Gall  undor  Hr.  Schiffl's  dirootion. 

(7)  A  now  lamp  bouse  and  other  dotails.  Bo  be  worked 
out  by  Hr.  Gull  undor  Hr.  Sohiffl's  dirootion. 

Hr.  Waddoll  is  to  bo  kept  informed  as  to  the  dovolop- 
mont  of  the  above  machines,  and  after  drawings  are  finished, 
boforo  sample  is  started,  I  wish  to  bo  advisod  in  order  to  approve 
tho  same. 

I  understand  that  Hr.  Groono  has  already  obtuinod 
samples  of  a  suitable  Ions  from  tho  Gponcor  Ions  Go.  of  Buffalo. 

Bin  extra  lonsos  should  bo  ordorod  for  experimental  purposes. 

Hr.  Groono  should  got  in  touch  with  tho  Gorman  manufacturers  to 
sco  if  those  lonsos  can  bo  obtained  in  Gormcny  at  a  hotter  price, 
and  if  so,  in  what  amounts  and  at  what  cost.  Hr.  Groono  will 
also  soo  if  chaupor  lonsos  cannot  bo  obtainod,  which,  while  not 
boing  absolutely  porfoot,  may  bo  good  enough  for  our  purpose , 
and  report  thereon  as  soon  as  possible. 

Hr.  V/addoll  is  to  obtain  from  tho  Bornst  lamp  Co.  two 
or  throo  samples  of  tho  oxaot  form  of  llomot  lcr^p  ho  proposes  to 
uso,  in  ordor  that  the  samo  may  bo  demonstrated.  If  thooo 
ITemst  lamps  oannot  bo  obtainod  complete,  tho  glowers  and  other 
parts  should  be  obtainod  and  worked  up  by  hand. 

Hr.  V/addoll  should  keep  after  tho  John  V/.  aimmons  Co. 
and  got  the  saraplo  of  special  generator  as  soon  as  possiblo  in 
ordor  that  it  may  be  tostod  out. 

Hr.  Groono  is  to  make  up  a  apbeial  pocitivo  by  hand  as 
soon  as  possiblo  for  demonstrating  purposes . 

Please  acknowledge  recoipt  of .thooo  instructions .in  order 
that  x  may  know  that  they  will  ho  Tveanmtlv  nnrHntl  mrfc.  v_ — 

Orange ,  IT.  f. 

My  dear  Mr.  Scull 

1  have  your  letter  of  the  18th,  for 
which  I  ain  very  much  obliged.  I  am  writing  Mr.  Selig 

IVe  will  experiment  with  the  wet  process 
for  titles.  Our  people  seem  to  think  that  they  can 
get  good  results  with  the  dry  plate,  hut  there  is 
certainly  no  harm  in  experimenting. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Kinetograph  Dept.  , 


picture  finder,  and  informed  him  that  you  were 
going  to  secure  a  number  of  those,  and  would  let 
u's  have  two  or  three  of  them.  Kindly  let  uo  know 
when  we  can  expect  these? 

I  have  been  expecting  to  get  out  to  Orange, 
but  there  are  so  many  things  coining  tip,  that  I  am. 
afraid  to  leave. 

Let  me  know  how  things  are  going  on  the 
little  machine,  and  make  us  a  call  when  you  can  find 
the  leisure. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  , 

P.s.  is  there  any  news  of  the  KlnatophoneJL±udio , 

"Planter "  lens.  T/e  are  badly 

in  need  of  it.  Manager  In  Charge. 

<^3jiomao  CL  Cdlan 



ORANGE.  N.  J. 


Hr.  7/illiard  0.  Green®, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  N.  J. 

Boar  friend  Greene, 

I  herewith  enclose  a  blue  print  of 
the  Norst  lamp,  which  I  wish  you  would  turn  over  to 
Mr.  Gaul.  Explain  to  him  that  this  drawing  is  full 
size,  and  oorreot,  with  exception  of  the  length,  which 
should  be  six  inches  instead  of  six  and  one-half. 

Mr.  Hahn  brought  this  drawing  in  this  afternoon, 
and  discussed  the  letter  received  by  both  of  us,  yesterday. 

I  would  like  to  talk  this  matter  over  with  you, 
and  it  might  be  well  if  we  could  all  get  together  Mondsy 
or  Tuesday  night. 

Yours  very  truly 

Messrs.  Sail,  Gi^Jen,  Wardell  &  Files 

Please  note  that  Mr.  Dyer  wishes  to  Bee  us  next 
Saturday  morning  (tomorrow)  in  his  office  at  9:30,  to  talk 
over  the  Household  Projecting  Kinetosoope  and  the  machinery 
that  is  neoessary  to  manufacture  the  film. 

0.  Sohiffl. 



Soull:  6/1/10.- 

I  hand  you  herewith  memorandum  from  Hr.  Edison  re gar d- 
laking  an  experiment  with  a  special  film.  Mr.  Smith  has 
^led  an  application  for  a  patent  on  this  arrangement  and  I 
suggest  that  you  get  hold  of  the  application  and  read  it  up; 
then  take  up  the  matter  with  Mr.  Sohiffl  and  Mr.  Gall  and  arrange 
to  have  a  demonstration  made  on  an  experimental  scale.  This 
we  can  show,  to  Mr.  Edison.  / 


F.  L.  D. 

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its  par  value. 



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source  of  interest  for  the  masses  through  public  exhibition,  and  afterwards  it  becomes  a 
means  o  universal  home  amusement  capable  of  affording  enjoyment  and  being  utilized 
of  pka™!rtecr0eaffoner  y°U"8  a"d  °'d  8a,her in  ,he  evening  in  search 

The  Talking  Machine  has  passed  through  this  transitory  stage  and  is  now  no 
longer  on  public  exhibition,  but  is  to  be  found  in  at  least  five  million  American  homes 
where  it  affords  pleasure  to  every  member  of  the  household.  But  unfortunately  the 
talking  machine  lacks  one  element  which  it  should  possess  in  order  to  be  an  ideal  enter¬ 
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not  show  the  action  and  motion  of  the  song  or  dialogue.  Therefore 
, .  ,  ha  Monograph  home  moving-picture  machines  have  a  human  interest  power 
which  the  talking  machine  lacks  and  consequently  they  are  the  ideal  home  entertainers. 
All  kinds  pi  scenes-comic,  dramatic,  tragic,  historical— are  portrayed  in  our  films  and  a 
ten-year  old  boy  or  girl  can  operate  any  one  of  the  different  styles  just  as  easily  as  the 

can  enteT,feiy  anyhody-yo“af  and  oltl-and  there  is  no  way  in  which  you 

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from  «Tnne,'S«Pnnn  *°  T'  Trynnc’1  P.°1c*£ct-,book-  These  machines  are  priced 
from  $5.00  to  $50.00,  so  that  they  are  within  the  means  of  every  family.  Every 
machine  works  just  a,  well  as  any  other-regardless  of  difference  in  price.  The  only 
difference  is  a  larger  picture  is  made  by  a  higher-priced  machine.  Y 

l,.„  JrT,g!r)  “  ch.e?per  ,ha"  buyi“8  Phonograph  Records  because,  after  you 
buy  your  first  film  of  us  at  10c.  per  foot,  you  can  exchange  it  for  another  one  of  the 
same  length  for  I  c.  per  foot. 

Our  machines  are  simple  to  operate  and  the  mechanism  will  not  get  out  of 
order  unless  you  give  it  veryrough  handling.  The  lighting  is  accomplished  by  means 
and  very  chrap  to  operate  ^  aCe,y  ene  bgb,mg  apparatus  is  clean,  easy  to  handle, 

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17  U'UV  .T  Ei“?ine  5pera,ed  at  our  boolh  in  the  Real  Estate  and  Ideal  Home 
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July  21,  1910. 

Mr.  W.  E.  Waddell, 

645  West  455rd  Street, 

TTew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Waddell 

Have  oorae  aown  to  Pittsburg  to  take  up  personally  the 
natter  of  Wernst  lamp,  as  the  sample  whioh  Mr.  Horn  forwaraea  to  you 
ana  you  forwarded  to  me  made  such  a  very  unfavorable  impression  on  Mr. 
Pyre  ana  Mr.  Skull  that  it  seemed  necessary  to  do  something  raaical.  ■ 

Mr.  Harris  has  taken  me  in  hand  personally  and  every  effort 
is  being  bent  to  the  remodeling  of  the  entire  lamp,  and  along  such 
lines  as  will  unquestionably  serve  of  greater  purposes  of  usefulness 
in  our  direction. 

I  have  thought  it  advisable,  after  talking  with  Mr.  Harris, 
to  increase  the  wattage  of  the  lamp  from  66  to  88,  thereby  giving  us 
a  greater  amount  of  candle  power  and,  therefore,  greater  illumination. 

The  heater  design,  and  likewise  the  glower,  w£ll  be  entirely 
remodeled  and  will  be  of  much  more  positive  character. 

The  housing  will  be  enlarged  in  diameter  and  in  length,  but 
by  so  doing  we  can  go  back  to  the  sorew  -type  of  holder,  whioh  will  in¬ 
sure  a  much  more  positive  seating  of  same,  whioh  is,  of  course,  with  us 
absolutely  indispensable. 

I  trust  that  in  such  matters  the  changes  as  I  have,  after 
consulting  Mr.  Harris  and  his  engineer,  thought  best  to  embody  in  this 
lamp,  will  not  meet  with  your  disapproval. 

I  hope  to  be  back  In  Orange  by  Monday  at  the  latest  ana  will 
look  you  up  at  the  very  first  opportunity,  for  I  know  that  your  inter¬ 
est  in  the  matter  of  this  lamp  is  not  second  to  mine. 

Prom  Pittsburg  I  am  going  to  Buffalo  to  look  up  lens  matters 
ana  will  have  something,  undoubtedly,  to  bring  away  with  me;  so  that  the 
assembling  of  the  small  machine  next  week  can  go  on  ana  assume  a  more 
finished  appearance. 

With  vexy  best  regards. 

Farbenfabriken  of  Elberfeld  Co. 

P.  O.  Box  2162 

Telephone.  313  Franklin 


117  HUDSON  STREET  \°[  |q 

JU  We* A,  July  27,  1910. 

Mr.  Willard  C.  Greene, 

c/o  Laboratory  of  Thoms  A.  Edison, 

Orange  ,  MEW  JERSEY. 

Lear  Sir:- 

Referring  to  your  visit  at  our  office  the  latteijpart  of 
June  concerning  colors  for  sensitizing  purposes  placed  on  the  market 
by  our  German  House  ,  v;e  are  advised  that  they  are  offering  the  three 
following  colors  for  sensitizing  purposes:  Homocol,  Perikol  and 


The  color,  Homocol,  we  carry  in  stock  here  regularly.  The  other 
two  colors  are  not  sold  in  the  American  market.  V/e  requested  our 
friends  to  send  us  a  small  commercial  package  of  each,  but  they  de¬ 
cline  to  do  this  on  account  of  the  high  price  of  the  colors.  However, 

they  advise  that  if  you  wish  a  small  quantity  they  will  supply  these 
two  colors  to  us  at  the  rate  of  §4.00  per  gram. 

Please  let  us  know  what  you  wish  us  to  do  in  the  matter,  and  oblige 

Very  truly  yours 


FIRENZE  -  Borgo  S.  S.  Apostoli,  1 

(  Italy  ) 

Florenz,  30  /  7  /  1910 


Eminent  Mr.  Th  -  Edison 


q3ex  osra I 

I  had  some  short  notJfoe  of  yours  invention  to  obtain  natural's 
coloured  films. 

ft- J  i«W%  Vlvfvt 

ThiB  being  very  int^raatigg^  for  me  and  . wishing  to  mentionit  in 

cT  oQ5--  fr'SL 

ieadv's  P. —  - — a  nj®* - 

ny  treated  of  "Steady's  Projections  and  0i5 
now  published  I  shall^be’  ^^d^^o^ou^i f  you 

tographings  that  will  be 
tell  me  some= 

thing  about  to  have  an  idea  more  olear  *E£at  from,  the  newspapers, I  find 
also  another  invention  of  yours, to  obtain  the  photograph's  impression 
on  film’s  edges  to  reacts  the  absolute  synchronisms. 

If  also  of  this  invention  you  oan  give  me  some  explanation  I 
shall  be  very  oblige  to  you. 

I  am  very  sorry  to  give  you  all  this  truble.but  the  desire  that 
I  have  to  note  in  my  book  all  what  oonoern  Cinematograph's  and  Phono= 
graph's  most  recently  inventions,!  find  that  the  best  thing  was  to  apply 
to  the  Eminent  author  of  the  moBt  wondrous  disooverys  of  the  XIX  age, 
the  same  Inventor  of  the  wonderings  instruments  who  reproduce  trutfully 
mouvements  and  sounds. 

I  hope  that  you  will  do  me  this  immense  favour,  and  Ithank  you 

At  soon  the  book  will  be  published  I  shall  send  you  a  copy.  ' 

With  my  best  regards 
yours  sincerely 


Oot.  24,  1910. 

Mr.  Willard  C.  Greene, 

c/o  Laboratory,  ThoB.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  IT.  X. 

Lear  Sir:- 

Please  advise  me  when  it  would  he  convenient  for 
you  to  examine  the  small  Pressure  Generator .which  you  desired  us 
to  construct. 

I  will  he  out  of  the  City  on  Thursday,  hut  prob¬ 
ably  oould  see  you  on  Wednesday,  or  Eriday,  if  you  wish. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am. 


Yours  respectfully, 


«^u  .^JUC  L  W-  cU-~OL  c,  ^ 

^ZX  k  nrrtu^ 



Nov.  4,  1910'. 

Mr.  Willard  Green, 

Edison  laboratory, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Green: 

Referring  to  our  conversation  of  several 
days  ago  relative  to  the  three  lens  condensing  system,  I 
regret  to  say  that  I  will  he  unable  to  loan  you  this  condenser 
system  just  now,  owing  to  the  fact  that  one  of  the  lenses  has  ? 
been  placed  in  a  piece  of  apparatus.  I  regret  to  have  to 
advise  you  of  this  state  of  affairs  on  this  proposition,  but 
it  had  entirely  slipped  my  mind  that  we  had  previously  used 
a  portion  of  this  condenser. 

I  will  visit  the  Works  to-morrow  Saturday, 
and  if  possible  call  on  you  and  explain  more  fully  this  matter 

Trusting  that  this  will  find  you  in  the 
best  of  health,  I  wish  to  remain. 

Very  truly  yours, 



i&trrsj  sfy 

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Edison  Mfg.  Co. 

Orange,  IT.  j. 
Gentlemen:  - 

Deo.  30th,  1910. 

bometime  ago  we  sent  you  an  experimental  acetvl®n» 
pressure  generator  for  use  in  connection  with  a  Bunsen  burner 
and  refractory  button  for  projection  purposes,  which  you  were 
\es£  a?d  isvor  us  with  your  comments  upon  same.  ™e  beg 
??e  that  have  under  construction  another  small 

acetylene  generator  which  is  built  to  take  the  place  of  the 
findW+bn+  y°u.  n0w  haT®  ln  Use-  In  the  meantime,  however,  we 
that  wf  ^ve  need  of  the  experimental  generator  formerly 
oent  .you  and  therefore  ask  that  you  kindly  return  it  to  us  y 

S”"  14  the  »“»“■  *• 

this  SLS11  fi°a  14  to  oblige  «.  in 

1910.  Patents  (D-1 0-49) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
foreign  and  domestic  patent  applications,  patent  litigation,  and  other  patent 
matters.  Among  the  items  for  1910  are  letters  concerning  federal  patent 
legislation;  Edison's  involvement  in  the  patent  activities  of  his  Legal 
Department;  and  various  storage  battery,  cement,  and  phonograph  patents. 
Many  of  the  letters  are  to  or  from  Frank  L.  Dyer,  president  and  general  counsel 
of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  Also  included  is  a  21 -page  report  containing 
abstracts  of  patent  applications  abandoned  by  Edison  during  the  period  1876- 
1885.  A  draft  of  this  report,  in  the  hand  of  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  appears  in 
Thomas  A.  Edison  Papers:  A  Selective  Microfilm  Edition,  Part  I,  8:  526-547. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  routine  letters  of  inquiry,  receipts,  correspondence 
concerning  accounts  with  attorneys,  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment, 
and  items  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 




Holdon:  2/v/lO. 

I  hand  you  herewith  letter  from  Congraanman  Currier  of 
tho  Conmittoe  on  Potent  a  of  tho  House  of  Eopresonte.tivoo,  dated 
FCb.  4th,  giving  mo  copies  of  tho  various  Bills  ponding  hofore  his 
Commit too  relating  to  patents.  I  have  looked  over  those  Bills 
and  I  do  not  sec  anything  particularly  oh.ioctionahlo  in  theft,,  hut 
I  wish  you  would  consider  tho  nu  tter  and  aloe  discuss,  it  with  ilr. 
Dyko  and  lot  mo  Jmow  if  you  ooo  anything  that  wo  should  ohjoot 




F.  1.  B. 

j&jEtXjLAjy  j  S  A  ^ 


Mr.  Dyer  Smith:  4/26/10. 

I  hand  you  herewith  memorandum  from  Hr-  Edison  on 
tho  subject  of  now  applications,  which  I  wish  you  would  tako  right 
up  for  preparation. 

I  think  tho  second  point  has  boon  covered,  oxcept  possi¬ 
bly  the  specif io  suggestion  of  using  bismuth  with  a  nickel  hydroxide 
in  alkaline  electrolyte  containing  lit  hi  3.  My  rocollootion  is 
that  tho  use  of  bismuth  and  lithia  are  covored  in  separato  patents. 
%.  Edison  may  bo  able  to  givo  reasons  why  the  two  co-operate  so 
as  to  warrant  a  combination  claim. 

I  think  tho  third  paragraph  has  also  boon  covered,  but 


am  not  sure- 

Eho  fourth  suggestion  has  been  covered  in  at  least  one 


Iho  elghtht  suggestion  has  also  boon  covered. 

Find  out  from  Mr-  Edison  what  tho  now  phonograph  appli¬ 
cations  are  and  go  right  ahead  with  their  preparation.  You  will 
note  that  he  brings  up  again  tho  question  of  using  Boron  as  a 
matorial  for  reproducing  point. 

ELB/lTO  F.  2i.  D. 


Replying  to  your  memorandum  of  the  21st  inst. ,  I  am  sorry 
to  soe  the  issue  of  these  patents,  and  particularly  the  patent  to 
MacDonald,  Ho.  957,6^4.  This  is  the  esaot  construction  we  had. 
in  mind  for  providing  a  universal  mounting  for  our  pivoted  arm. 

I  wish  you  wouia  take  up  this  matter  immediately  with  Mr.  Schiffl 
and  discuss  the  question  with  him  as  to  what  kind  of  connection  we 
can  use.  Possibly  wo  may  have  to  ubc  the  Boswell  patent  aftor 
all,  "but  if  we  can  employ  some  such  nrrangomont  as  that  described 
by  MacDonald  I  think  it  would  bo  better.  At  any  rate,  the  matter 
1b  of  very  great  importance  ana  I  wish  you  wouia  take  it  up  imme¬ 
diately  with  Mr.  Schiffl  ana  let  me  know  what  you  decide  oan  be 
done  after  you  have  discussed  all  the  questions  with  him. 




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Pearson ,  Georgia ,  July, 8th.  1910-efg 

Mr.  Thos.A.Ed ison , 

Orange,  a.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Have  you  any  advice  of  the  passage  by  congress  of 
a  law  effective  July, 1st. l9lO, prohibiting  the  issuring  of 
caveats  to  inventors  by  the  Patent  Office? 

Your  reply  will  be  highly  appreciated . 


Enc-efg . 


1835  r\f\  MEMORANr)1UM 

M'"' ' 

Hr.  Holden:  iz/zz/io. 

You  will  note  from  the  attached  letter  of  tho  15th 
inst.  from  tho  Foroign  Department  that  our  agent  in  Spain  for 
the  Storage  Battery|(Mr.  Ianda)  has  obtained  what  he  calls 
"Patents  of  Introduction"  in  that  country.  Apparently  those 
patents  simply  give  him  the  exclusive  right  of  manufacture 
for  five  years  ana  will  not  prevent  importation  into  Spain 
from  tho  Uni tod  States.  I  .wish  you  would  look  into  thio 
matter  and  adviso  mo  if  this  is  so,  because  I  would  not  like 
to  have  him  obtain  a  patent  that  would  embarrass  us  in  our 
efforts  to  develop  the  Spanish  territory  from  here. 

FID  117, V?  F.I.D. 

Mr.  Smith;  12/?.:5/ 10. 

Hefcrring  to  your  note  of  the  22nd  Inst.,  I  hardly,  think 
it  worth  while  to  attempt  to  buy  the  patent  to. Robinson  for  the 
following  reasons: 

1»  It  has  not  boon  definitely  decided  to  onoloso  the 
open  side  of  the;  speaker  as  Mr.  Saloon  proposes.  ""non  that  huo 
been  dofinitoly  decided  tho  question  of  buying  the  Robinson  patent 
can  be  considorod. 

2.  1  do  not  think  Mr.  Edison's  suggestion  infringes 

the  Robinson  patent.  Robinson  slidos  his  cap  over  the  body  of 
tho  spoakor  and  holds  it  in  plaoo  frictionally.  Both  the 


second  and  third  olnims  aro  limited  to  tho  fact  that  tho  cap  is 
"adapted  to  slidably  fit  over  and  covor  ono  side  of  tho  reproducer 
of  the  phonograph".  Mr.  Edison's  device  is  simply  a  spherical 
containing  box  entirely  surrounding  the  reproducer  and  not  fitted 
to  it;  this  strikes  mo  as  boing  a  different  invention. 

3-  She  idea  of  muffling  the  sounds  developed  at  tho 
opon  side  of  tho  diaphragm  is  very  old,  and  I  think  you  will  find 
a  number  of  Edison  patontu  disclosing  this.  Perhaps  there  arc 
other  patents.  Che  suggestion  has  of ton  boon  developed  in  tho 
laboratory  and  is  ono  of  tho  common  thoughts  of  the  phonograph 
businoss.  Ho  doubt  Mr.  Piorman  or  Fred  Ott  oan  givo  you  a 
good  deal  of  Information  on  this  point. 


F.  1.  D. 

1876  to  1885,  INCLUSIVE. 

Case  #121 

June  30,  1876.  Q.uadruplex:  This  seems  to 
cover  the  entire  quadruplex  system,  bridge 
method,  including  compensating  condensers, 
one  forming  pert  of  the  bridge  wire,  the 
other  forming  part  of  a  shunt  around  the 
artificial  line. 

Case  #123 

Aug.  23,  1876.  Acoustic  Telegraph:  The 

combination  in  a  telegraph  instrument  of 
one  magnet  and  two  or  more  reeds,  tuning 
forks  or  strings. 

Case  #126  Dec.  13,  1877.  Acoustic  Telegraph: 

Closed  circuit  in  which  acoustic  trans¬ 
mitter  produces  rise  and  fall  of  tension; 
receiver  in  local  circuit  operated  by  al¬ 
ternating  currents  and  induction  coil 
interposed  between  circuits. 

Case  #128  Dec.  24,  1877.  Acoustic  Telegraph: 

Iron  or  steel  diaphragm  secured  to  a 
steel  case,  also  resonant  tube  variable  in 
length  to  adjust  column  of  air  to  tone  of 
transmitter . 


S.N.  158 

Hov.  8,  1878.  Telephone :  Transmitting 
positive  and  negative  currents  hy  varying 
resistance  of  transmitter  in  combination 
with  '.'.'heat stone  bridge. 

-io.  166  Dec.  9,  1878.  Electric  Light:  Layers  of 

incandescent  metal  and  intervening  pyroin- 
sulation-  and  thermal  circuit  regulator. 

Ho.  172  March  10,  1879.  Candles  or  Conductors  for 

ELBotric  Light:  Candles,  or  conductors, 
formed  of  metallic  oxides,  by  powdering 
and  moulding.  Material  may  be  powdered 
and  mixed  with  sugar,  Tor,  Silica,  or  sim¬ 
ilar  material  and  subjected  to  heat  to  cause 
the  particles  to  adhere  and  burn  out  the 
intermixed  material.  Oxides  of  cobalt 
and  nickel  mentioned.  Also,  Silicon,  Boron 
and 'Zirconium.  Conducting  powder  may  be 
brought  to  incandescence  by  filling  tubes 
of  Zircon,  Magnesia,  Lime,  etc.,  with  the 
powder  and  compressing  between  two  metallic 
end  pieces,  such  as  platinum  or  Iridium. 

Also  mentions  native  alloy  of  Osmium  and 
Iridium,  called  Iridosomine  ,  -  can  be  used 
this  way. 

Reissue  March  20,  1879.  Perforating  Pen:  This  is 

an  abandoned  application  for  Reissue  for 
Patent  Ho.  203,329. 


S.N.  10,615 

ii.r.  114/26 


E.1T.  14,130 

S.1I.  4208 

S.1J.  4209 

June  2,  1879:  Telephone :  This  is  another 
division  of  case  178,  (see  page  9  of  my 

July  7,  1879.  Telegraph  Lines .  This  case 
was  assigned  to  Edison  Electric  Eight  Co. 
and  substitute  specifications  were  filed 
March  30,  1086.  It  covers  underground 
conductors  placed  in  metal  tubes  lined  with 
insulating  material,  bringing  them  into  in¬ 
tersecting  boxes  and  connecting  together 
there.  Also  covers  the  drav;ing  of  v/ires 
through  line  of  pipes  by  cords  and  pulleys. 
This  application  clearly  outlines  the  mod¬ 
ern  practice  of  drawing  conductors  through 
underground  conduits  by  men  stationed  at  the 
boxes.  Rejected  on  Eng.  Pats.  96  of  1066; 
3006  of  1863;  2091  of  1873;  1944  of  1876. 

Sept.  8,  1879.  Medicinal  Preparation. 

To  produce  anesthetic  effects  upon  the  nerves 
of  animals  by  external  application  to  obtain 
relief  from  pain. 

Pec.  11,  1879.  Carbons .  Making  filaments 
from  bristol  board-  enlarged  ends. 

Bee.  15,  1879.  Phonograph:  Longitudinal 
slit  for  holding  tinfoil  and  several  other 
mechanical  details. 

Pec.  15,  1879.  Phonograph:  This  application 
covers  a  revolving  plate  or  disk  to  receive 




E  .11.  10862 

S.N.  11,243 

the  metal  foil.  Disk  is  placed  horizontal¬ 
ly  and.  is  mounted  on  a  vertical  revolving 
shaft.  The  surface  of  the  disk  is  provid¬ 
ed  with  spiral  groove  or  grooves,  and  metal 
foil  is  secured  to  the  disk  by  a  hinged 
ring  frame.  The  speaking  apparatus  is  upon 
an  arm  fitted  to  move  both  vertically  and 
horizontally,  and  the  disk  is  on  a  shaft 
that  con  be  connected  or  disconnected  from 
the  motor  at  pleasure.  Nomenclature j  "phon¬ 
ograph";  "Phonogram"  and  "phonet". 

(Only  two  actions  in  this  case.  Re¬ 
jections  were  merely  on  technicalities 
in  the  descriptions.  Case  was  evident¬ 
ly  dropped  on  account  of  ISp.  Edison 
being  busy  in  electric  light  matters. 
Second  action  was  dated  hay  2,  1882.) 

Dec.  31,  1879.  Telephone :  Diaphragm  having 
metal  arm  resting  upon  revolving  magnetized 
bo.r  upon  which  is  a  helix.  (In  interference 
with  Dolbear  and  decided  in  hie  favor.) 

hay  31,  1880.  Dynamos .  Adjustable  resist¬ 
ance  in  combination  with  field  magnets  to 
regulate  current. 

June  3,  1880.  El.  Railway.  Broad,  idea  of 
using  two  rails,  partly  or  wholly  as  con¬ 
ductors,  vehicle  with  motor  having  connec¬ 
tion  with  rails,  stationary  dynamos  furnish¬ 
ing  current . 



S.lf.  18,421  Oct.  1,  1880.  Motors.  Relates  to  means 

for  communicating  motion  from  armature  of 
motor  to  the  driven  mechanism  without  use 
of  belts,  gears,  etc.,  to  diminish  speed. 
First  converting  rotary  motion  of  armature 
into  oscillating  motion,  then  reconverting 
the  oscillating  motion  into  rotary  motion. 
Asjuetable  double  pawl  carrier  and  pitman; 
adjustable  connection  between  them  to 
vary  throw  epeed  of  pawl  carrier.  (For¬ 

S.H..  18705  Oct.  6,  1880.  Dynamos .  Edison  &  Jolmson. 

Keans  for  automatically  cutting  dynamo  out 
of  circuit.  Sleeve  on  dynamo  shaft  and 
circuit  breaker  automatically  operated,  by 
longitudinal  movement  of  sleeve. 

13. H.  19,844  Oct.  30,  1880.  Dynamos,  means  for  indicat¬ 
ing  thermal  and  magnetic  conditions  of 
dynamo  or  motor. 

S.1J.  19,845  Oct.  30,  1880.  Commutators.  Whereby  all 
the  coils,  except  the  one  in  the  neutral 
point,  remain  in  circuit,  being  connected 
in  multiple  are,  each  coil  remaining  con¬ 
nected  to  circuit  during  rotation,  except 
while  in  neutral  point.  (Arranged  in 
echelon) . 

S.1T.  19,846  October  30,  I860.  Manufacture  of  Carbon: 

Method  of  forming  carbon  articles  of  defin¬ 
ite  desired  shape  by  cutting  or  shaping  the 
same  from  paper  and  carbonizing  bwtween 


plates) ,  or  forming  hollow  articles  from 
paper  raaoho* ,  etc.,  with  moulds  and  plunges 
and  carbonizing  them.  Flexible  carbon 
articles  may  be  bo  made. 

5.11.  21095  Hov .  24,  1880.  Equalizing  Resistance  of 

Carbon.  This  wa.e  assigned  to  The  Edison 
Electric  Light  Company,  and  a  Substitute 
Specification  was  filed  Larch  15,  1894. 

This  covers  the  regular  process  of  "treat¬ 
ing"  carbons  in  carbon  vapor. 

S.h.  22,202  Deo.  14,  1880.  Telegraph  Apparatus.  This 
invention  covers  a  relay  without  armature 
and  retractile  spring  by  talcing  advantage 
of  the  expansion  of  iron  when  magnetized 
and  demagnetised.  This  relay  consists  of 
a  helix  surrounding  a  vessel  containing 
mercury.  The  vessel  is  the  core.  A  needle 
in  an  insulating  block  is  mounted  in  a 
small  tube  forming  part  of  vessel.  This  is 
capable  of  fine  adjustment.  Sounder  and 
battery  is  in  local  circuit  between  vessel 
and  pin.  (Last  action  was  Letter  from  Ex¬ 
aminer,  dated  hov.  29,  1886,  stating  that 
as  requirement  for  working  model  had  not 
been  complied  with,  no  further  action  would 
be  taken  until  model  was  furnished.) 

S.H.  22,501  Dec.  15,  1880.  Incandescent  Electric  Lamp. 

This  application  Deems  to  be  an  attempt  to 
elaborate  upon  the  original  Filament  Patent 


■by  going  very  thoroughly  into  the  art  and 
endeavoring  to  tie  up  loose  ends  of  the 
earlier  patent.  It  was  strenuously  contest¬ 
ed  in  the  Patent  Office  until  March  18, 

1889,  when  final  letter  of  rejection  was 
written.  The  case  seems  then  to  have  been 

S.E.  24,440 

S.II.  34,392 

Jan.  11,  1881.  Carbons.  Plating  the 
enlarged  ends  of  oarbon  filaments. 

Jan.  17,  1881.  Electric  Lamp.  Plating 
ends  of  carbon  filament  to  leading-in  wires. 

P.eb.  28,  1881.  Carbons.  Purified  graphite 
or  plumbago  pressed  into  moulds  and  carbons 
cut  therefrom. 

March  5,  1881.  System.  Magnetic  shunt 
switch  in  scries  lamps* 

Hay  27,  1881.  Drop  Light:  Two  side  pieces 
with  rod  joining  them  at  bottom.  lamp 
placed  on  this  rod,  which  is  insulated  in 
middle  and  capable  of  being  turned  over  so 
as  to  make  lamp  upside  down.  Frame  suspend¬ 
ed  by  netal  bands  which  pass  over  wheels  or 
rollers . 

Hay  27,  1881.  Electric  Lamps.  Carbon  of 
card-board,  so  formed  as  to  have  greater 
radiating  surface  on  its  sides  than  upon  its 

H.  36,294  Juno  22,  1881.  Rheostat ;  Resisting 

portions  made  of  carbon.  Invention  s.lso 
covers  manner  of  uniting  such  carbon  portions 
to  metal  conductors  by  electro-plating 
o.roundtbe  joint. 

II.  36,467  June  24,  1881.  Electrical  System  for  Rail¬ 
road  Trains:  Dynamo  mounted  on  locomotive 
driven  by  separate  engine  supplied  with 
steam  from  locomotive  boiler.  Lighting 
circuits  throughout  the  train  and  magnetic 
brakes  for  each  ear. 

June  24,  1881.  Carbons.  Halving  filaments 
of  long  lengths  of  vegetable  fibres  to 
occupy  little  space,  by  winding  in  conei-like 

!.  42,321  Sept.  19,  1881.  Dynamo  regulation:  Ilethod 
of  cutting  generator  out  of  battery  by 
shunt . 

I*  43,164  October  4,  1881.  Distribution  System; 

This  is  a  system  for  interiors,  consisting 
of  combination  with  the  main  conductors 
and  house  service  box  in  street,  of  vertical 
conductors  running  through  the  house,  a. 
service  box  on  each  floor,  vertical  conduc¬ 
tors  passing  through  it,  separate  meters 
for  each  consumer,  and  safety  catch  for 

each  floor, 

Oot.  17,  1881.  Telephone :  Division 
of  application  Ko .  178  of  June  2,  1879, 
made  for  purpose  of  separating  matters  not 
ira  interference.  This  covers  a  ring  of 
yielding  material  forming  a  seat  for  the 
diaphragm,  a  device  to  prevent  diaphragm 
from  slipping  and  a  yielding  presser  acting 
against  surfaoe  of  diaphragm. 

Oct.  17,  1881.  Telephone;  Also  division 
of  Eo.  178.  This  division  covers  two 
springs  and  electrodes  between  the  springs, 
to  which  electrodes  an  initial  pressure 
is  applied,  the  same  being  modified  by  the 
vibrations  of  the  diaphragm. 

bov.  11,  1881.  Lamped  Covers  -  U-shaped 
clamps  on  leading- in-wires  and  band  to  slip 
over  after  carbon  is  inserted. 

ifov.  28,  1881.  Thermo-Electric  Battery; 
Electroplating  one  element  upon  another, 
as  copper  or  silver  on  carbon.  The  whole 
plate  is  covered  and  then  the  metal  is 
removed  at  edges  by  grinding,  thus  dividing 
deposit  into  two  layers,  one  on  each  side 
of  the  plate.  Heated  at  one  end  with  hot 
water  and  at  the  other  a  heat  radiator  of  j 
metal  coo.ted  with  lamp  black. 

Hov.  28,  1881.  Operating  Electrical  Appar- 
atu_s;  For  placing  apparatus  (such  as  cigar 
lighter)  in  a  shunt  around  a  resistance. 

C. IT.  46,760 

S.iT.  46,821 

S'.M.  47,471 

C. IT.  61,955 

S .17.  65,234 

S.K.  65,236 

ITo v .  28,  1881.  Arc  Light:  Arc  lights  in 
Multiple  arc  with  regulating  mechanism  con¬ 
trolled  hy  opposing  solenoids  or  electro 
magnets . 

ITov.  29,  1881.  system.  Operating  Eire  and 
incandescent  lights  in  sane  circuit. 

Dec.  9,  1881.  Lamps i  Iiethafl  of  removing 
moisture  hy  hdating  during  exhaustion. 

Hay  20,  1882.  Railway  system  for  locali¬ 
ties  where  traffic  is  too  light  for  ordin¬ 
ary  steam  railways,  or  where  traffic  is 
limited  to  oertuin  seasons,  claims  include 
insulated  car  frame,  eleutro-magnetic 
traction  device,  and  reverser  controllable 
from  distance. 

June  26,  1882.  system:  Iiethod  of  utilizing 
high  tension  currents  on  main  conductors 
hy  charging  storage  batteries  in  series, 
which  are  discharged  at  low  L.TT.P.  on  con¬ 
sumption  circuits,  in  multiple  arc.  Entire 
system  outlined. 

June  26,  1882.  Secondary  Battery:  An 
electrode  made  of  filamentary  lead,  woven, 
braided  or  otherwise  formed  into  matB, 
pressed  solid. 

June  26,  1882.  Lamps :  Use  of  phosphorous 
anhydride  for  drying. 


S.l.  68,607 

S.Lr.  68,608 

5.K.  68,613 

8*11.  68,624 

S.N.  68,634 

Aug.  7,  1882.  lamps :  Arranging  carbons 
eo  that  they  shall  have  greater  length 
without  corresponding  increase  of  radiating 
surface.  Carbonized  in  compact  spiral  form 
and  placed  vertically. 

Aug.  7,  1882.  Lamps:  Method  of  silvering 
one  side  or  end  to  reflect  light  down. 

Aug.  7,  1882.  Art  of  Obtaining  Oxygen: 
Method  consists  of  filtering  air  through 
charcoal.  A  chamber  or  hollow  sphere 
consisting  entirely  of  charcoal  connected 
with  an  air  pump  is  enclosed  in  another 
chamber  also  connected  with  an  air  pump. 

This  enclosing  chamber  is  provided  with 
means  for  drying  the  air  through  inlet 
tubes  containing  sulphuric  acid  and  pum¬ 
ice.  (Forfeited) 

Aug.  7,  1882.  Lamps:  Method  of  cutting 
and  forming  bamboo  filaments. 

Aug.  7,  1882.  Regulation  of  Generators: 
Brushes  of  machine  are  attached  to  a  pivot¬ 
ed  arm  having  a  spiral  spring  at  eaoh  end. 

At  one  end  is  the  armature  of  an  electro¬ 
magnet  connected  in  main  or  derived  circuit. 
The  electro-magnet  varies  in  strength  in 
accordance  with  changes  of  load  and  shifts 
commutator  brushes  accordingly. 


S.K.  68,641  Aug.  7,  1882.  Operating  Motors  and  Genera¬ 
tors  :  Method  of  connecting  the  armatures 
in  series  in  the  sane  circuit,  and  of  ar¬ 
ranging  field  ooils  of  each  machine  in 
shunt  around  its  armature  coils,  and  means 
for  regulating  each  machine  independently. 

8.Lr.  68,644  Aug.  7,  1882.  Regulation  of  Generators: 

Device  for  throwing  counter  ls.M.3?.  into 
field  of  generator  by  electro-magnets  con¬ 
nected  together  and  with  commutator  bars 
and  revolving  commutator  brushes,  operated 
by  independent  electric  motor  and  governor. 

8.11.  68,645  Aug.  7,  1882.  Electro  Magnetic  Railway 

Engine :  Covers  use  of  adjustable  resist¬ 
ance  to  vary  speed  of  motor;  and  compound 
winding  on  motor  to  compensate  for  changes 
of  Counter  E.  U.  F.  (Last  action  in  1891) 

S.1T.  68,649  Aug.  7,  1882.  Electro -Magnetic  Railway 
Engine :  Method  of  connecting  and  discon¬ 
necting  driven  axles  from  motors  by  belt 
or  other  flexible  connection  and  friction 
clutch  mounted  on  countershaft,  in  combina¬ 
tion  with  slowing  down  gearing. 

5.11.  69,253  Aug.  14,  1882.  Manufacture  of  Inc ande Being 

Conductors :  Forming  sheets  of  nitro-cellu- 
lose  by  dissolving  and  flowing  on  glass; 
pressing  between  steel  plates;  then  cutting 
filaments  and  carbonising,  or  carbonising 
sheets  and  cutting  filaments  afterwards. 




Aug.  14,  1882.  Secondary  Battery;  por 
tberno static  device,  such  as  lamp  or  heating 
resistance,  to  prevent  solution  from  freez¬ 

Aug.  '14,  1882.  Electric  Railroad:  This 
relates  to  insulating  the  roils  and  spikes 
v/itli  Japan,  baked,  also  to  providing  an 
insulating  cushion  for- the  rails,  composed 
of  cloth  or  other  flexible  material,  Japan¬ 
ned  and  baked. 

IS .  E .  71,757 

S.E.  71,762 

Aug.  25,  1882.  Ore  Separator:  Machine  for 
separating  particles  of  free  gold  or  other 
non- magnetic  substances.  Hard  rubber  cylin¬ 
der  and  rubbing  pad. 

Sept.  13,  1882.  Dynamos :  Jumbo  type  with 
converging  pole  pieces. 

Sept.  13,  1882.  Secondary  Batteries: 
Electrodes  for  lead  storage  battery  each 
formed  of  a  number  of  strips  of  lead,  each 
of  such  strips  being  first  twisted  by  it¬ 
self,  and  all  the  strips  being  then  tv/isted 
into  a  bundle.  In  this  way  the  active 
material  is  held  in  place.  (forfeited) 

Sept.  22,  1882.  Dynamo :  Compound  winding. 
One  limb  wound  with  coarse  wire  which  is 
placed  directly  in  one  of  the  main  conductor 
from  commutator.  The  other  limb  wound  with 
fine  wire  and  connected  in  multiple  with 
mains,  -  a  rheostat  also  in  the  Bame  circuit 
in  multiple. 


£5.K,  72,524 

8.15.  72,526 

S . IT .  73,556 

5. IT.  74,474 

5. IT.  74,783 

Sept.  22,  1882.  Manufacture  of  Damps; 
Providing  lamp  with  residual  atmosphere 
of  cyanogen  gas. 

Sept.  22,  1882.  System  of  Distribution ; 
Covers  the  grounding  of  consumption  cir¬ 
cuits  in  feeder  system  for  economy  of 
metal.  (Allowed  0ot.  18/82  hut  Forfeited) 
(nothing  cited  against  this) 

Oct.  6,  1882.  Acoustic  Telegraph:  The 
receiver  instead  of  being  placed  in  the 
main  line  is  placed  in  a  local  circuit 
at  the  receiving  station  and  is  connected 
with  the  main  line  through  an  induction 
coil,  v/hereof  the  primary  is  included  in 
the  ifiain  line  and  the  secondary  in  the 
local  receiver  circuit. 

Oct.  17,  1882.  Dynamo :  non- commutator 
generator.  "In  a  dynamo  or  magneto  eleo- 
tric  machine  the  combination  with  the  field 
magnet,  of  a  core  within  the  influence  of 
each  pole,  a.  magnetic  connection  between 
such  coreB,  and  a  bobbin  upon  either  or 
upon  each  of  said  cores",  (rejected  by 
reason  of  working  model  not  being  shown) 

Oct.  20,1882.  Incandescing  Conductors: 
Forming  sheets  of  par chraentized  cellulose 
made  of  pure  cotton  dissolved  in  sulphuric 
acid,  arsenic  acid  or  chloride  of  zinc. 
Pressing  into  sheets  and  cutting  filaments 


74,788  Oot .  20,  1882.  Lamps ;  To  prevent  carry¬ 
ing  of  carbon  to  globe  by  covering  leading- 
in-wires,  and  the  enlarged  ends  of  carbon 
with  insulating  material,  such  as  Japan 
varnish,  collodion,  etc. 

76,381  Nov.  S,  1682.  Hnnuf a.cture  of  Lamps:  A 

method  of  equalizing  resistance  of  carbon 
filaments  by  raising  the  filament  of  high¬ 
er  resistance  to  incandescence  and  deposit¬ 
ing  carbon  thereon. 

78,772  Dec.  7,  1882.  Regulator  for  Dynamo: 

The  combination  with  a  magneto  electric 
machine  and  translating  devices  arranged 
in  multiple  arc,  of  an  exciting  machine 
for  energizing  the  field  of  the  other,  and 
means  actuated  by  variations  in  the  number 
of  translating  devices  in  circuit,  for 
regulating  the  current  generated  by  the 
exciter . 

Jan.  8,  1883.  Generating  Electricity : 
Process  of  generating  electricity  by 
chemically  reducing  an  oxide  of  lead  to 
form  one  electrode,  chemically  raising 
an  oxide  of  lead  to  form  the  other  elec¬ 
trode,  and  placing  said  electrodes  in  di¬ 
lute  Sulphuric  acid. 

Jan.  8,  1883.  Lamps :  Coating  filaments 
with  silicon  to  mahe  them  more  durable 
and  prevent  carrying. 

Jan.  8,  1883.  Commutator :  This  covers  a 


S.E.  81,327 

S.K.  81,853 

8.K.  81,854 

commutator  with  removable  bars. 

Jan.  8,  1683.  Secondary  Battery:  Electrode 
made  by  moulding  oxide  of  lead  in  hollow 
form,  perforated,  reduce  it  aid  then  fill 
with  molten  lead. 

Jan.  15,  1083.  lamp :  Simply  covers  en¬ 
larged  ends  of  filament  made  in  tapering 
form  instead  of  equare  shoulders. 

Jan.  15,  1883.  Lamp :  1'his  appears  to  be 
a  special  attempt  to  tie  up  loose  ends  in 
the  filament  situation.  I  think  the  idea 
was  to  make  legal  position  more  secure. 

G.lf.  82,241  Jan.  16,  1883.  Manufacture  of  Conductors 
for  Lamps :  Cover's  methods  and  devices  for 
preventing  the  curling  of  filaments  during 
carbonization,  by  moulds  which  retain  the 
sheets  or  blanks  under  pressure  during 
carbonization,  while  permitting  of  contrac¬ 

S.iT.  88,357  Mar  oh  16,  1883.  Electric  Motors;  A  motor 
with  two  armatures  on  one  shaft,  oppositely 
wound,  so  that  motor  can  be  reversed. 

April  17,  1883.  Manufacture  of  Lamps: 
Method  of  preventing  carrying  by  coating 
the  loading- in-wires  and  clamps  with  car¬ 


S.K.  92,613 

S.K.  91,955 

.1 99,552 



S.H.  106,564 

S.K.  111,327 

S.K.  114,284 

April  17,  1883. 

Making  filaments  of  p ar chmentized  material 
and  carbonising. 

April  17,  1883.  lamp a :  Joining  filament 
by  making  leading-in-v/irea  into  split  cyl¬ 
inders  and  inserting  ends  of  filament 
therein  and  clamping  same. 

June  29,  1883.  Dynamo ;  Mounting  dynamo 
upon  ways,  with  means  of  moving  same  to 
and  from  engine  to  adjust  length  of  belt. 

June  29,  1883.  Fixture ;  For  group  of 
lights  to  arrange  same  radially  in  a  horiz¬ 
ontal  plan  on  top  of  a  pole,  with  a  closed 
opaque  or  transldoent  reflector  above  them. 

Oct.  10,  1883.  Generator !  This  is  a 
type  of  Jumbo  machine. 

Oot.  10,  1883.  Lamp:  Method  of  attaching 

filament  to  leading- in-wires  by  flattening 
ends  of  latter  and  bending  them  into  a 
clamp;  electro-plating  ends  of  filament,  and 
placing  them  in  clamps  then  slipping  over 
them  a  split-sleeve. 

Nov.  9,  1883.  Galvanic  Battery:  Negative 
element  of  carbon  surrounded  by  mixture  of 
divided  carbon  and  peroxide  of  lead,  en¬ 
closed  in  covering  of  textile  fabric. 

Dec.  12,  1883.  Distribution  System:  Method 
of  disconnecting  a  generator  from  system 
by  reducing  the  current  before  cutting  out. 


I  (Interference  with  Vhoelor-  decided  in  hie 


S.l!.  118,546  Jan.  24,  1884.  Electrical  Conductors: 

Belates  to  insulating  and  protecting  cov¬ 
erings  for  conductors.  Eirst  they  are 
v/ound  with  an  insulating  covering,  then 
with  metallic  foil  and  then  with  retaining 
cov ering.  118,545  Jan.  24,  1884.  Dynamo :  Ilethod  of  indi- 
i  eating  at  any  time  the  amperes  developed 

by  any  particular  generator.  Consists 
in  an  indicator  pointer  carried  by  the 
pivoted  yoke  on  which  the  brushes  are 
mounted.  A  scale  is  determined  by  teBt 
and  placed  above  the  yoke. 

S.D.  126,801  April  6,  1684.  Lamp :  To  give  filament, 

a  greater  light-giving  capacity  by  coating 
same  with  substance  reflective  of  light, 
such  as  Silicon,  Boron,  Osmium  or  iridium. 
Process  by  electro-vacuous  deposition. 
(Edison's  Case  615,  Serial  Ho.  116,942.) 

S.H.  126,804  April  5,  1884.  Dynamos :  For  two  or  more 
armatures  in  one  field. 

S.1T.  132,357  May  22,  1884.  Pulleys :  Edison  and  Livor. 

A  pulley  having  a  sheet  metal  shell  oast 
thereon  by  a  fusion  of  the  surface  of  the 
wrought  metal  with  the  oast  metal. 


July  1,  1884.  Electrical  Conductors; 

Method  of  insulating  a  conductor  by  cover¬ 
ing  same  with  paper  or  textile  covering, 
then  saturating  such  covering  with  a  boiled 
drying  oil  in  a  liquid  or  semi-liquid  state, 
allowing  same  to  dry,  and  then  applying  a 
braided,  wound  or  woven  exterior  covering. 

July  1,  1884.  Dynamo  Telegraphy:  "The 
combination  with  a  dynamo  circuit,  of  two 
or  more  circuits  derived  therefrom  contain¬ 
ing  resistances,  two  or  more  quadruplex 
lines  and  instruments,  shunts  around  por¬ 
tions  of  said  resistances  to  the  quadruplex 
instruments,  and  ground  connections  through 
separate  grounding  resistances." 

S.K.  136,521 

July  1,  1884.  Dynamo  Telegraphy:  Object 
to  produce  simple  and  efficient  arrange- 
raent  whereby  several  telegraph  or  other 
grounded  linos  oan  be  operated  from  the 
same  dynamo  circuit  and  can  be  given  cur¬ 
rents  of  different  tensions;  and  further 
to  also  provide  means  for  giving  such  line 
currents  of  opposite  polarity.  A  further 
object  is  to  provide  means  for  working 
the  sounders  from  the  sane  dynamo  circuit 
and  making  them  practically  independent 
of  one  another.  (There  was  evidently  a 
hard  fight  in  this  case.  A  great  many  ac¬ 
tions-  the  final  one  being  Aug.  21,  1894.) 


Sy'"-  157,943  Harch  6,  1885.  Telephone:  A  division  of 
Edison  Case  Wo.  159  and  known  as  Wo.  159D. 
(This  application  is  fi^od  by  Serrell) 

"The  combination  with  a  telephonic  trans¬ 
mitting  instrument  and  its  line  circuit,  of 
a  distant  electro-magnet,  a  tension  regu¬ 
lator  acted  upon  "by  such  magnet,  a  local 
circuit  passing  through  the  tension  regu¬ 
lator  and  through  the  primary  of  an  induc- 
toriuin  with  its  secondary  going  to  the 
second  lino  circuit,  whereby  the  electrical 
variationsproduced  by  the  transmitter  in 
the  first  line  circuit  cause  corresponding 
electrical  variations  in  the  second  line 

S.W.  165,704  Way  16,  1885.  Paper :  Method  of  making 

moisture  proof,  insulating  and  dielectric 
paper  by  impregnating  thin  paper  with  an 
oxydized,  boiled  drying  oil,  such  as  lin¬ 
seed  oil. 

8.W.  179,867  Oct.  14,  1885.  Telephone  Transmitter: 

Relates  to  extra  or  guard  diaphragm  to  pre¬ 
vent  the  effect  of  "wind  rushes".  One  of 
the  claims  reads  "In  an  electric  telephone 
transmitter,  the  combination  with  the  main 
diaphragm  and  current  varying  electrodes 
affected  thereby,  of  the  extra  diaphragm 
supported  rigidly  from  the  case  of  the 
instrument  and  situated  between  said  main 
diaphragm  and  the  mouth  piece." 


186,808  Dec.  26,  1885.  Dynamo :  To  present  spark¬ 
ing  at  commutator.  Second  claim  reads 
"In  a  dynamo  electric  machine  or  electro¬ 
dynamic  motor,  the  combination  of  tv/o  or 
more  continuous  or  clo.sed  circuit  arma¬ 
ture  windings  connected  each  at  intervals 
to  commutator  bars,  said  bars  being  arrang¬ 
ed  alternately  or  in  succession,  and  commu¬ 
tator  brushes  whose  bearing  is  not  sufficient 
to  bridge  bars  of  the  name  winding. 

1910.  Phonograph  -  General  (D-10-50) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  phonographs.  Among  the 
documents  for  1910  are  items  pertaining  to  the  development  of  diamond 
reproducing  points,  inexpensive  phonographs  for  foreign  markets,  and  disc 
phonographs.  Also  included  are  a  general  report  on  the  American 
phonograph  market;  a  comparative  report  of  general  expenses  for  the 
National  Phonograph  Co.  for  the  period  June  1 909-June  1 91 0;  and  letters  to 
Edison  about  the  phonograph,  to  which  he  responded  with  marginal 
comments.  Some  of  the  letters  are  by  Frank  L.  Dyer,  president  of  the 
National  Phonograph  Co. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  routine  inquiries,  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  and  items  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 

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Your  favor  of  Loccnbor  17th  v.  c  duly  received 
in  roforonoo  to  tho  ohon.p  r.y  o' iron  you  lihtr  to  oonpotc  CQvinst 
in  Luropo,  out  tho  Eurnaphono  0r.t-a.q7u0  h  r.  not  yet  cer-.o  to 
hond,  nor  Ik-vo  the  oheerp  mnehinoo  you  .ref or  to.  In  diccuc- 
oIiig  thio  r.r. ttor  rather  inforo  l!!y  with  :'r.  saiocn  «.  dry  or  00  - 
°cb  ho  ashed  no  to  obtain  for  iiin  craanlec  of  thooo-  cheap  naohinoo 
you  rofor  to,  ,  and  1  havo  therefore  cabled  you  to-day  as  follor/c: 

.  ,  "Sond  in-  odlatoly  ourrlco  foroica  nnchinoo.  two  of 
0.  on  typo,  linking  Dolor/  ton,  ditfc  end  oylindor,  not 
noro  than  ton  naohinoo  in  •* 

Vdion  thcoo  onnploo  aro  rooodvod  I  will  take-  up  tho  ■  ' 
mttor  ismodlstoly  mil  boo  if  to  cannot  (jot  up  a  lino  of  '• 
ohrai:  naohinoo  particularly  for  our  Suropora  buoinocid.'  I  do 
not  coo  any  particular  objection  to  our  doing  thio  although  it 
v/ould  not  ho  \7ioo  for  uo  tt  tho  prooont  tiro  to  put  thooo 
.naohinoo  on  tho  /norioon  mrlsot  hccr.uoo  priooo  horo  rvro  nrnoh 
bettor  th  n  in  Jiurono. 

•Regarding  your  ouggootion  aa  to  our  turning  out  a 
dio3:  naohino,  tliia  in  oomething  that  wo  havo. in  mind  and  there 

Ur.  Sohiffl; 

(i’crnonal ) 


I  hand  you  herewith  noraorenaura  from  Mr.  Edison 
Eivinp  a  ouerostion  for  a  disc  machino,  which  I  think  should 
ho  tried  out.  She  idea  is  to  have  a  rigid  relation  ho two on 
t3l°  fcedine  stylUB  ant1  th0  reproducing  stylus  and  provide  a 
delicate  adjusting  device  for  the  feeding  stylus,  so  that 
the  relations  between  the  two  can  he  vox*  accurately  adjusted. 

If  you  do  not  understand  exactly  what  his  sugges¬ 
tion  is,  let  me  know  and  I  will  explain  it  to  you. 

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I  possess  a  number  of  most  valuable  records,  j 

I  which  are  daily  in  Jeopardy,  because  they  j 
are  not  only  unique,  but  a  good  many  of  i 

them  are  irrecoverable ,  ‘  kEsibusx  being  rec-  i 

ords  of  celebrities  sii^e  deceased’.  1  ' 

As  far  as  I  have  been  told,  good  reproductions  jj. 
are  only  being  made  jae&c  by  your' process'  at  ;i 
Orange.  Is*  this- so?  If  not  ,■  can'  you  tell  i! 

me  where-  I  could  get  copies  taken  from  the  j; 

originals  &  are  thtty  as  lound  A  distinct,  as- j’ 
the  originals?  ■  ■  ij 

All  my  records  are  not  loud.  My  only  aim  -  || 

was  to  make  them  musically  as  perfect  as  pos¬ 
sible,  without  laying  any  stress  on  loudneBS. 

.  I  may  add,  that  during  the  20  years  I  have  not  : 
come  across  any  musical  records  to  match  those  : 

I  have  taken. 

If  they  can  only  be  manifolded  in  your  laborato 
ry,  would. you  permit,  me. to. send- them'  on  to  j 
ymu  ? 

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34-  Park  .stO  Gn&ewald-Berlin  J  Yr^y 


vJLut.  9 1910 

.  War  Mr.  Edison; -"t—?  J '■»  ''tffo*  f  g  jjl# 

Many  years  have  passed  since  *.  ilwn!  wr 
you.&  ,  to  .my  very  great  regret, y^  ipost^on- 
derful  invention,  which  is  still  going- 

P%t  important  - part  *in  the 

.^  always  still  at. its Joint 
there  is  nobody  in  Eijj^pe-'nr  l&l 



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^“Pe/or  ^ierifcV,  vpio  is 

willing  to  devote  his  i^e^|pnicejjt'^^i.v'e  the 
phonograph  the  finishing  tn,.-mak^lt  ad¬ 

aptable  to  music  &  certain  8<£M$cefl,  where  it  it 
is  sure  to  once  revolutionise  their  present 

achievement's,  considered  today  more  or  less 
perfect.  . 

%  object  of  writing  you  today  is  to  ask' your 
advice  in, a. most  important  matter. 

contains  a  good  many  treasures  &  their  present 
dangerous  state  has  frequently  caused  me  a  lot  of 

If  you  can  help  me  out  of  the  trouble,  not 
oi;.ly  I  but  the  future  generations  will  be 
exceedingly  grateful  to  you  &  therefore  I 
hope  to  receive  a  satisfactory  reply  to  this 

I  sincerely  hope  your  health  continues  to  be 
good  &  frequently  hoped  to  read,  that  you  would 
some  summer  or  other  repeat  your  first  Euro¬ 
pean  voyage,  which  wou_-ld  not  only  be  a  great 
rest  &  distraction  to  you,  but  give  so  many 
people  a  great  pleasure  on  this  side  of  the 


Can  I  do  this  without  any  risk  of  their  getting 
spoilt,  injured  or  lost?  | 

I  have  provided  for  a  good  many  of  them  in  my 
will  already. Some  of  them  are  destined  for  the  j 
Academy  of  sciences,  the  public  library,  the  Imperi 
ial  Conservatory,  in  Pettrburg  ,  &  other  r'ussian 
scientific  institutions. 

To  name  Borne,  I  will  mention:Recitations  of 
Tolstoi  from  his  own  works,  the  voice  of  the  empr  J 
ress,  recitation  from  Polonskis,  Gaideburows  & 
other  well  know  poets  since  dead,  personally 
spoken,  some  o.f  the  most  celebrated  actors  since 
deceased,  a  number  of  compositions  of  Arenski 
personally  played  (also  deceased)Nikita,  Hofman 
&  other  great  musicians,  some  wonderful  russian 
legends  sung  by  peasants  of  a  tribe  now  dying 
out  &  invaluable  for  ethnological  researches  &c 
See .  j.  ’  ’• 

I  do  not  want  to  annoy  you  any  longer  with  the  list 
but  can  only  repeat,  that  the  phonogrammothek 

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October  29th,  1910. 

.  „  Havo  recently  had  an  interview  with  Mr.  wm.  H. 

Atkins,  General  Superintendent  of  the  Edison  Eleotric 
Illuminating  Co.,  of  Boston,  Mass.,  who  are  preparing  a 
portable  house  for  advertising  purposes,  in  which  every¬ 
thing  in  the  home  is  to  be  operated  by  electricity,  and 
thffnm!6?  Atki2F  that  aa  they  were  furnishing 

the  house  in  that  way,  that  perhaps  it  might  be  well  for 
aa  t°  supply  him  with  an  Edison  Phonograph  as  an  added 

..  °£  o°urse  they  would  not  have  anything  unless 

a?  wae  operated  by  eleotricity,  and  it  may  be  that  the 
Alva  Phonograph,  with  Cygnet  Horn,  would  answer  the  pur- 
£°se>  °;L*t  ®ay  1)0  that  you  would  oonolude  that  the  Bal¬ 
moral,  with  Edison  Storage  Battery,  so  as  to  take  oare  of 
the  variations  in  currents  would  be  more  suitable. 

,vv?ula  lika  to  give  this  your  consideration, 
and  then  advise  me  what  you  think  best  regarding  it  so 

wi*k: “*■  AtklnB  and  find  out  what  part¬ 
icular  finish  of  wood  he  would  like.  1 

Of  course  the  machine  would  be  placed  on  con¬ 
signment  only,  and  we  would  have  to  supply  him  with  a 
quantity  of  good  records. 


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Mr.  Dyko:  ’’  12/u/lO. 

It  seoins  to  me  that  there  ought  to  he  some  way  by  which 

an  exchange  proposition  con  he  put  into  effect  in  Canada  that 
will  not  handicap  us  in  the  way  of  Customs  Duties.  At  tho 
present  time  rooords  going  into  Canada  pay  a  duty ,  and  if  those 
records  aro  returned  to  us  on  an  oxohange  schorae  tho  duty  is  not 
refunded.  This  makes  the  exchange  proposition  very  exponsive. 

I  oannot  sec  why,  if  goods  are  returned  unsold,  tho  duty  should 
not  ho  refunded,  particularly  Binco  under  any  exchange  idea  the 
doaler  or  jobber  roturning  the  rocords  must  agree  to  purchase 
a  larger  amount  of  now  rooords.  In  other  words,  an  oxchange 

fg  ) 

vroposition  stimulates  trade  in  Canada  and  increases  customs  re- 
coipts.  I  should  think  that  the  phonograph  proposition  might  ho 
rogardod  hy  tho  Canadian  authorities  as  a  special  business  that 
has  to  he  handled  in  a  difforont  way  from  most  other  linos.  If 
you  can  got  in  touch  with  the  right  kind  of  people  in  Canada 
perhaps  you  can  do  something  with  this  matter.  There  may  he 
special  firms  in  Canada,  like  our  customs  brokers  here,  or  there 
may  ho  Bpocial  firms  of  lawyers  who  make  a  specialty  of  customs 
practioe.  Perhaps  hy  writing  to  tho  oustoms  people  in  Ottawa, 
or  in  some  other  way,  you  may  get  in  touch  with  a  firm  who  can 
attend  to  this  on  a  roasonahlo  basis. 


Ii\  1.  D. 

(D]x'3«sKiwic  xrf  3i^tSitrtn;I  Prsmrlj 

JHjtsIftnijtiin,  P-C 

Temporary  Office :  604  Ttibbs  Building, 

a-u  \$CcL 

Mi*.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

0 range,  M.  J 
liy  dear  Mr.  Edison:-  ^ 


_  ___  . 

aon’  u, 

I  do  not  knovr 
but  I  have  been  for  many  ‘yo'ars^cS 


tdient  of  / 

havo  on  one  or  two  occasions  cory^sa^dsd  wit^y^j. 
regard  to  scientific  and  tocluvical  matters*  In  additj* 

_ _ Y  you  when  the 

ourlaboratories  severa 

of  Public  Tioads  of  the  Depta 

to  this,  I  once  had  the  pleas® 

Electrochemical  Society  visited  you? 
years  ago.  I  wish  to  call  to  your  attention  the  est, 
lishment  in  Washington  of  The  Institute  of  Industria, 
search,  the  scope  and  purposes  of  which 
length  in  the  enclosed  announcement  circular  which  I 
trust  you  will  have  the  patience  to  read. 

When  I  was  in  your  laboratories  I  was  very  much 
interested  in  the  method  you  use  for  gold-molding  your 
phonograph  records.  I  havo  no  idea  whether  this  method 
of  yours  has  been  published  and  patented  or  whether  it 
is  merely  a  secret  process  of  your  own.  I  am  not  inter¬ 
ested  in  it  with  reference  to  performing  the  sort  of  work 
that  you  do  ’With  it,  but  merely  with  reference  to  an  en¬ 
tirely  different  problem.  I  am  not  asking  you  to  give 


i::o  the  information  if  it  is  not  consistent  with  your  policy, 
but  if  there  is  anything  that  cun  be  told  about  it,  X  should 
vory  much  appreciate  any  information.  I  would  particularly 
like  to  know  the  pressure  of  the  atir.osphero  maintained  under 
the  bell  glass  and  the  potential  at  which  the  current  used 
is.  I  presume,  of  course,  the  current  ie  a  direct  one  at 
very  high  potential.  If  you  are  too  much  occupied  to  reply 
to  this  letter  personally,  I  should  nevertheless  appreciate 
it  if  you  would  refer  it  to  the  member  of  your  staff  who 
could  tell  me  anything  that  it  is  possible  for  you  to  give 
out.  Tf  there  is  any  way  at  any  time  that  this  Institute 
can  serve  you  or  your  various  companies,  we  would  be  only 
too  glad  to  correspond. 

With  the  highest  respect,  I  remain,  Sir, 

Very  truly  yours, 

Director . 


DEC  27  i9 1 0 

December  25rd,  1910. 


During  my  recent  visit  to  eleven  Jobbing  cities,  in 
which  I  discussed  business  conditions  generally  with  twenty-two 
jobbers,  would  state  .that  in  but  very  few  instances  were  the  trade 
entirely  satisfied  with  the  amount  of  business  they  were  obtaining 
from  Edison  goods  -  the  exceptions  being  i,  H.  Luoker,  Minneapolis : 
Harger  &  Blish,  Des  Moines;  Sohmelsbr  Arms  Co.,  Kansas  City,  who 
all  stated  their  business  in  our  line  was  excellent,  and  that  they 
were  entirely  satisfied  with  the  results  they  were  obtaining. 

It  would  appear  that  the  general  merchandise  lineB 
were  not  up  to  other  years,  the  piano  people  particularly  complain¬ 
ing  at  lessened  sales  and  the  very  slow  collections. 

It  would  seem  that  our  line  was  probably  in  worse 
condition' than  at  any  time  in  the  past  three  years,  when  taking 
into  consideration  the  period*  of  the  year. 

Shis  is  in  a  great  measure  due  to  the  fact  that  the 
trade  are  wondering  what  we  are  going  to  put  out  next,  and  have 
been  buying  only  what  appeared  to  be  absolutely  necessary  to  keep 
their  stocks  in  fair  condition. 

She  demand  for  Victor  goods  haB  very  materially  in¬ 
creased,  and  in  the  jobbing  cities  which  I  visited  all  those  who 
were  handling  the  Victor  line  were  complaining  about  not  being  able 
to^ obtain  a  sufficient  supply  from  the  factory,  particularly  viot- 
rolaa  of  all  three  types*  Ehis  does  not  appear  to  be  the  case, 
however,  with  the  cheaper  priced  disc  machines.  it  looks  to 

me  as  though  the  cities  were  "Viotrola,  crazy"  and  our  Amberola 
which  was  intended  to  take  care  of  some  of  this  demand  has  failed, 
owing  to  the  machine  itself  not  proving  entirely  satisfactory  no  the 
jobbers,  dealers  and  the  general  public,  as  a  great  deal  of  trouble 
has  been  experienced  with  the  reproducer  ms*  whioh  still  cuts  the 
reoords,  and  the  fact  that  the  machine  ini  a  great  many  oases  is 
trade  has  been  unable  to  overcome  this e  dif¬ 
ficulties  in  the  machine.  in  its  present  form  it  does  not  seem 

to  compare  favorably  with  the  Viotrola,  nor  would  it  seem  possible 
to  ever  make  it  soil  to  a  similar  extent  unless  we  can  provide  Grand 
Opera  reoords  of  a  similar  oharaoter  to  that  supplied  by- the  com¬ 
peting  Company.  •  *  •  * 

Mr.  3?.  I.  Byer. 

Page  Ho.  2. 

This  appears  to  he  praotioally  impossible  with  our  present  line, 
and  the  necessity  for  haste  in  produoing  the  disc  machine  and 
record  is  more  apparent  than  ever. 

The  trade  as  a  whole  are  apparently  making  very 
little  lt'Wa  effort  to  obtain  Edison  business  in  the  larger  oities, 
taking  only  that  which  comas  to  them,  and  we  have  only  a  few  job¬ 
bers  that  X  visited  that  are  making  an  earnest  effort  to  travel  the 
territory  and  secure  the  dealers  business. 

The  jobber  and  dealer  alike  are  dissatisfied,  owing 
to  the  fact  that  they  are  compelled  to  carry  the  two  minute  record 
which  is  not  selling  and  is  increasing  their  difficulties  each 
month  by  trying  to  find  a  place  to  stock  them. 

It  would  also  appear  true  that  our  machines  being 
more  complicated,  that  it  is  more  difficult  for  the  average 
dealer  to,  handle  and  keep  in  proper  condition,  and  he  is  evidently 
working .along  the  lines  of  the  least  resistance  by  handling  the 
disc  goodB,  which  do  not  appear  to  be  giving  him  any  serious  amount 
of  trouble  meohanically. 

, It  will  be  necessary  for  us  to  seriously  consider 
withdrawing  certain  types  of  cur  maohlneB  which  are  equipped  with 
the  strai^t  horn,  as,  the  Cygnet  horn  has  the  call,  and  the  with¬ 
drawal  of  the  straight  horn  types  would  be  an  advantage  to  the  en¬ 
tire  trade,  as  they  would  have  to  carry  a  less  number  of  types  in 
order  to  show  the  full  line. 

We  have  also  to  reckon  with  the  entire  two  minute 
list  which  is  now  lying  dertoant,  and  we  should  discontinue  listing 
ten  selections  eaoh  month  and  should; not  make  over  five  at  the 
most,  and  even  then  this  will  be  too  many  in  a  very  short  time. 

The  sooner  we  faoe  the  situation  and  entirely  withdraw  the  two  min¬ 
ute  list,  the  better  will  be  our  result s  with  the  entire  trade, 
as  they  are  disgruntled  and  dissatisfied. 

We  should  also  very  shortly  consider  the  advisability 
of  making  only  four  minute  type  machines,  thereby  obviating  to  a 
great  extent  the  possibility  of  the  machines  not  working  satisfact¬ 
orily  in  the  handB  of  the;  inexperienced  oonsumer,  to  say  nothing 
of  the  ignorant  dealer. who;  is  trying  to- show. them. 

My  attention  has  been  called  to  the  faot  that  this 
would  knook  out  our  recording  feature,  which  is  one  of  the  talking 
points,  but  which  is  being  very  little, UBed,  so  far  as  I  can  deter¬ 

■Hr.  F.  1.  Dyer.  Page  Ho.  3. 

The  model  "0"  reproducer  aha.  the  Triumph  machine  in 
its  present  form  is  giving  the  greatest  satisfaction,  and  is  one 
of  the  host  things  we  have  done  in  a  long  while,  very  materially 
increasing  the  demand  for  that  type  maohine.  Have  received  num¬ 
erous  suggestion  that  we  plan  to  get  out  as  an  extra  only,  the 
model  ”0"  reproducer  with  the  neoessary  arms  for  the  Home  and 
Standard  types,  avoiding  equipping  the  machines  with  them  as  Bent 
out  from  the  factory,  and  permitting  the  trade  to  sell  the  repro¬ 
ducer  as  an  extra  only. 

I  heard  very  little  about  the  Idelia,  and  while  it 
ought  to  he  a  very  satisfactory  machine,  it  does  not  appear  to  he 
selling  in  any  quantity,  and  there  is  a  demand  for  a  cheaper  con¬ 
cealed  horn  maohine  than  the  Amberola,  hut  if  it  cannot  be  made 
more  satisfactorily  than  that  type,  it  ought  not  to  he  made  at  all. 

The  trade  is  very  anxiously  awaiting  some  official 
announcement  relative  to  the  new  disc  goods,  and  if  we  oan  produce 
something  which  oartHfemonst rated  as  better  than  that  now  manufact¬ 
ured  by  our  competitors ,  I  feel  no  hesitancy  in  saying  we  oan  dis¬ 
pose  of  all  the  factory  oan  make,  at  least  for  a  period  of  time. 

Should  the  Victor  Company  demand  that  their  distrib¬ 
utors  refrain  from  handling  any  other  disc  line  as  called  for  in 
their  distributors  contracts,  it  does  not  appear  we  will  have  any 
difficulty  in  obtaining  proper  jobbing  representation  in  Detroit, 
Toledo,  Chicago,  Milwaukee,  Minneapolis,  St.  Eaul,  either  Omaha 
or  Lincoln,  Des  Heines',  St.  Louis,  Indianapolis,  Peoria  -  Kansas 
City  being  on  the  doubtful  list,  as  the  J.  W.  Jenkins*  3ons  Milsie 
Co.  in  that  City  show  a  deoided  preference  for  the  other  line,,  and 
we  will  have  to  "show"  the  Sohmelzer  Arms  Co.  some  xamcfcig  excellent 
reason  for  discontinuing  the  Victor  line.  The  last  mentioned  Com¬ 
pany  have  recently  opened  a  branch  in  Oklahoma  City,  taking  over 
the  Edison  stock  formerly  in  the  hands  of  Smith's  Phonograph  co., 
and  are  also  Victor  distributors,  so  that  these  remarks  apply  to 
that  City  also. 

The  national  Phonograph  Co.  and  its  Officials  are 
held  in  high  esteem  by  the  trade,  but  the  confidence  in  our  goods 
and  our  policies  have  been  Bomewhat  shaken  by  the  conditions  sur¬ 
rounding  our  several  exchanges,  and  the  goods  themselves  are  not 
selling  any  too  readily,  but  I  &m  convinced  that  the  line  oan  be 
restored  to  the  place  it  held  if  the  product  oan  be  brought  to  a 
state  nearer  perfection. 

The  present  cylinder  record  muBt  be  very  materially 
strengthened,  as  the  question  of  breakage  is  a  very  important  one, 
and  if  the  oause  of  numerour  complaints  between  the  jobber  and  dealer 

Mr.  p.  I.  Dyer.  Page  Do.  4. 

and  ia  creating  dissatisfaction. 

Reports  from  our  traveling  salesmen  during  our 
reoent  meeting  in  Chicago  very  clearly  indicates  that  the  U.  S, 
Phonograph  line  with  its  indestructible  record  and  new  type  cylinder 
machines  is  cutting  very  little  figure  in  the  trade,  hut  there  is 
a  very  decided  rumor  that  when  we  announce  otir  disc,  that  there  is 
a  possibility  of  the  Victor  Company  talcing  over  the  other  oylinder 
line,  and  if  that  is  true,  it  would  look  as  though  we  would  have 
a  very  lively  fight  on  our  hands. 

It  is  absolutely  certain  that  the  jobbers  who  are 
now  handling  both  lines  cannot  mat  successfully  from  a  financial 
point  of  view  travel  their  territories  as  they  are  now  doing  with 
the  Victor  line  alone,  as  the  larger  percentage  of  their  salesmens 
business  is  with  the  Edison  goods,  and  this  no  doubt  will  be  a 
considerable  factor  in  the  jobbers  deciding  as  to  their  future  polioy 
regarding  our  line, 

Mr.  George  Ornstine  of  the  Victor  co,,  has  been  en¬ 
deavoring  to  line  up  some  of  the  jobbers  and  find  out  where  they 
stood  regarding  the  Victor  goods  when  our  new  disc  was  offered  to 
them,  and  he  recently  tried  to  induce  Mr.  Luoker,  of  Minneapolis , 
to  throw  out  Edison  goods  -  Mr.  luefeer  telling  him  to  "go  to  the 
Devil,"  Healso  wanted  Mr,  luoker  to  establish  an  exclusive 
retail  store  for  Victor  goods  in  St.  Paul,  where  Hr.  hacker's 
brother  is  now  operating,  and  handling  both  lines,  but  selling  more 
Edison  goods  than  he  is  Victor.  There  is  a  peculiar  condition 
existing  in  Minneapolis  and  St.  Paul,  as  in  the  Minneapolis  store 
of  Pucker  their  retail  is  about  80$  Victor  and  80$  Edison,,  while 
in  their  store  in  St.  Paul  on  the  Saturday  proceeding  my  arrival 
there  were  eleven  outfits  sold,  all  being  EdiBon  machines  -  not 
one  being  a  Victor. 

luck er  has  made  the  positive  statement  to  me  that  he  will  stay 
with  the  Rational  Phonograph  Company,  and  1  personally  have  pract¬ 
ical  ly  promised  him  to  permit  him  to  distribute  our  goodB  from  the 
Twin  Cities  should  it  come  to  a  show-down  and  w.  J.  Dyer  &  Bro.  deo- 
ide$  to  continue  the  Viotor  line  and  discontinue  outb. 

Koehler  &  Hinriohs  in  St.  Paul  are  nearly  ready  to  sell  their  Edison 
stock  and  have  made  some  half  hearted  attempts,  and  when  I  saw  them 
a  few  days  ago  and  endeavored  to  obtain  further  information  from 
them  they  stated  they  were  not  trying  to  sell  out  at  thiB  time,  but 
that  they  would  keep  me  posted  relative  to  this  particular  matter. 
What  I  wanted  to  do  was  to.  have  Luoker  purchase  their  Edison  stock 
and  become  a  jobber  in  St.  Paul,  so:. we  might  be  provided  for  in 
the  event  of  future  moveB,  and  I  think  possibly  this  may  be  brought 
about  at  some  time  in  the  future.  ' 

Mr.  F.  I.  Dyer. 

Page  Do.  5. 

It  appears  that  the  Viator  Company  have  recently 
estahlishad  the  Metropolitan  MubIo  Co.,  Minneapolis,  Minn., 
which  is  a  branoh  of  W.  3.  Dyer  &  Bro,,  as  a  distributor  on  a  basis 
of  a  #1600.  order,  granting  them  the  maximum  discounts.  This  is 
denied  by  Mr.  George  Maira  of  the  Dyer  Co.,,  but  Mr.  luoker  assures 
me  he  received,  a  letter  from  Mr*  George  Ornstlne  that  the  Metro*- 
politan  Musio  Co.  were  enjoying  the  extreme  discounts  on  Victor  goods. 

I  will  like  nothing  better  than  to  have  samples  of 
the  new  disc  furnished  me  at  as  early  a  date  as  possible,  feeling 
confident  that  when  these  samples  are  shown,  and  our  policy  regard¬ 
ing  the  goods  is  amounoed,  I  will  have  no  difficulty  in  lining  up 
excellent  jobbing  representation  in  most  every  large  City  in  the 
country,  particularly  if  we  osn  promise  some  protection  as  to  ter- 
4x  ritory.  There  is  oertainly  a  demand  for  something  new  in 
the  Edison  line,  and  the  earlier  we  oan  plaoe  it  on  the  market  the 
better  it  will  be  for  us. 

In  oonolusion  I  want  to  say  that  my  observation 
leads  meto  believe  that  the  two  minute  record  is  doomed,  as  the 
attachments  are  selling  in  great  numbers,  and  when  onoe  placed  upon 
our  maohlnes  the  consumer  rarely  buys  a  two  minute  reoord,  and  I 
want  to  impress  it  upon  you  that  the  sooner  we  take  a  rational  view 
of  this  two  minute  situation,  the  better  we  will  be  off. 

F.  K.  Dolbeer. 

Mr.  S.  A.  Edison;  Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson;  Mr.  Wm.  pelzers  Mr.  B.C.  MoChes- 
ney;  Mr.  P.  Weber;  Mr.  E.  J.  Berggren  and  Mr.  W.  Stevens. 

1910.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Business  Phonograph 
Company  (D-10-51) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
Edison  Business  Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  general 
expenses,  sales,  company  directors,  advertising,  and  other  promotional 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  correspondence  regarding  claims 
against  the  John  S.  Davis  Co.  for  unpaid  bills. 




Hr.  Durand.:  4/29/10. 

Ur.  Edison  has  sent  me  a  memorandum  to  tho  of foot  that 
To  wishes  to  talk  ovor  with  U3  the  possibility  of  putting-  out  three 
types  of  Business  machines  at  different  prices,  and  I  wish  you 
would  hoar  this  in  mind  and  go  up  with  mo  to  seo  him.- at  tho  first 
possible  opportunity.  / 

h-d/iyay  E.  l.  d.  ■  /  , 

— ^TlX_S^tL_J3USJC_tTIILSS _ 3^0  ^O.GR  AEIT  _  ^CLO^TP  AtiiL 


FOR  QUARTERS  ENDING  MAY  31st.  1909  -  1910. 

Officials  35.00  10.00 
Sales  2259.00  2569.00 
Accounting  Dept.  269.16  234.00 
Billing  Dept.  -96.00  182.00 

Transcribing  Dept. 


Salesmen's  Salaries  &  Expenses 



Freight  &  Express 

Interest  &  Discount 


Messengers,  Carfare  Etc. 

Packing  &  Boxing 

Printing  &  Stationery- 



Trave ; 



Mechanic's  Repairs 

Rebilled  Account 





3372.42  2586.82 

3624.31  3470.01 

16.20  100.54 

4.00  210.00 

1370.31  2079.80 

474.99  841.71 

35.19  21.03 

.60  4.50 

764.57  1190.71 

658.98  660.06 

1195.82  1010.62 

51.00  51.00 

187.15  19.89 

22.46  33.32 

43.12  113.17 

44.14  2.10 


95.00  53.45 

5.00  2.81 

_ 832.62 





Replying  to  your  memorandum  of  the  14th  inst. 
since  I  think  the  eame  name  plates  should  he  applied  to 
all  types  of  husinesB  phonographs  we  will  let  the  matter 
rest  as  it  is.  If  a  new  name  plate  haB  to  he  designed 
later  on  there  may  he  other  patents  to  he  added,  hut  I 
do  not  think,  we  should  include  special  patents 'that  apply 
only  to  spring  motor  machines* 

lid)/ ARK. 

F.  L.  Dyer. 

'J  lie  corporation  above  named,  organized  and  registered  under  the  Laws  of  the  Stale  of  New  Jersey,  docs  hereby 
make  tile  following  report  in  compliance  with  the  provisions  of  an  act  of  the  Legislature  of  New  Jersey,  entitled  “An 
Act  Concerning  Corporations  (Revision  of  i8<j6)  T^ulHie  various  ac^rtngjidatory  thereof  and  supyliy 
FIRST — Thp-rjamc  of  the  corporation  is.  t 

. .'7m?.  O 

is  the  agent  upon  whom  process  may  he  served. 

THIRD — The  character  of  the  business  is*&<££<S i- 

FOURTH — The  amount  of  the  authorized  capital  stock  is  .  3,  Q  .o.  p.  .y” .  The  amount  actually 

issued  and  outstanding  is  §jS.O.  £?.<?.  ,iP . 

FIFTH— The  names  and  addresses  6f  all  the  Directors  and  Officers,  and  the  term  when  the  office  of  each 
expires,  are  as  follows: 

•  _ _ ^ _ 




Sccrctary,  . 

SIXTH — The  next  annual  meeting  of  the  stockholders  f< 

. .  rt 

SEVENTH— The  name  of  the  corporation  has  been  at  all  limtfs'clisplaycd  at  the  entrance  of  its  registered  office 
in  this  State,  and  the  corporation  has  kept  at  its  registered  office  in  this  Slate  a  transfer-book,  in  which  the 

tiansfers  of  stock  are  made,  and  a  stock-hook,  containing  the  names  and  addresses  of  the  stockholders  and  the  number 
of  shares  held  by  them  respectively,  openat  all  times  to  the  examination  ofthc  stockholders  as  required  by  law. 

•  •  . . A.  D.  igi  (3 

of  Directors  is  appointed  to  he  held  o 

WITNESS  our  hands  the . . dajrq 

R.  G.  Dun  &  Co. 

'  air 

i nc vj  r ;■  v.  :  rooi  ';. 

_ ■louOirr.r/r.  Co  . 

• "r',; •  ,'c' •  *lfc "  3u.»ei-y  "o . , ar«i  ivouic  ajipreciate  It  wry  greatly  i 
ccuir.  .Ir:.!?;.  tine  statements  of  t:wse  tv.T;  companies  Tor  u;;, 

Shame  ins  You,  e  remain 

Yours;  very  truly 

K.G.Bun  Mo. 


Kess.  R.  G.  Bun  &  Co.,  -  ' 

Newark,  N.  J. 

Attention. of  Hr.  S.  E.  Hills 

Bear  Sir :  • 

The  following  is  report  on  Edison  Business  Phonograph  Co.,  as 
of  February  20th,  1910,  as  requested  by  you  in  your  letter  of  August 

1,466.94  Cash 

59,090.67  -At eta.  Receivable 

626.53  Inventory 

868.92  Machinery  &  Tools 

450.00-  Stock  in  other  Companies 

Accounts  Payable 
Due  Affiliated  Companies 

Surplus  Assets  over 

.  Liabilities 






Trusting  thi3  is  satisfactory,  we  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 




ORANGE,  N.  J. 
Manufacturing” Appliances  for  the 


September  19,  1910. 



Correspondence  concerning  this  bulletin  chould  mention  its  number  and  be 
addressed  to  Edison  Business  Phbno.  Co.,  Advertising  Dept.,  Orange,  N.  J. 

Attached  is  a  sample  cofiy  of  a  little  envelope  enclosure  which 
we  have  printed  to  Bhow  the  saving  in  tho  cost  of  electrical  current  With 
the  Edison  Business  Phonograph  Using  the  Universal  Motor. 

The  question  frequently  arisen  as  to  whether  the  Edison  machine 
'consumes  more  or'  less  Current  than  the  one  manufactured  by  our  competitors. 

•This  slip  settles  the  argument  without  question.  Can  you  use  a  small  quantity! 
Ife  think  so,  and  will  be  glad  to  mail  you  a  few  if  you  agree. 

We  are  not  suggesting-  that  this  form  be  used  for  general  distri¬ 
bution  purposes  but  only  in  tho  "haoking  up”  of  the  Edison  argument  for  economy. 




Correspondence  concerning  this  bulletin  should  mention  its 
number  and  ha  addressed  to  the  Edison  Business  Phonograph  Co., 
Advertising  Department,  Orange ,  N .  J . 

It  is  the  present  oustom  of  many  of  our  Dealers  to  use 
regular  letter  heads  in  placing  orders  on  us  for  merchandise, 
printed  matter  etc.  Quite  frequently  necessary  information 
regarding  routing,  date  of  shipment,  etc.  is  omitted.  Often 
an  order  appears  in  the  body  of  a.  letter  which,  because  it 
contains  matters  for  the  attention  of  several  individuals,  must 
be  passed  through  a  half  dozen  departments  in  our  office. 

This  lack  of  complete  information,  and  the  necessity  of 
passing  a  letter  through  several  hands  before  it  reaches  our 
Order  Department,  combine  to  increase  the  possibility  of  errors 
and  to  cause  delays  in  the  filling  of  orders,  i 

To  correct  this  condition  we  enlist  the  co-operation  of 
our  Dealers  in  the  use  of  a  new  duplicate  order  book  vjhich  we 
have  prepared  and  which  we  stand  ready  to  furnish  Dealers 
upon  request. 

Kindly  let  us  know  if  we  may  send  you  one  or  two  of  the 
books.  Specify  Form  #647  when  ordering. 



Mjr  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

,1  enclose  a  page  from  the  Pacific  Printer. 

X  thought  the  paragraph  marked  at  the  hot- 
tom  might  interest  you  as  it  talks  about  your  machine.  This 
letter  which  the  Pacific  Printer  carries  was  published  in  seven 
thousand  country  newspapers  in  the  United  States  —  they  used 
it  of  course  because  of  the  recommendation  of  their  kind  of 
advertising.  I  think  you  will  be  interested  to  know  that  your 
business  phonograph  works  perfectly  on  the  train.  When  I 
first  got  your  phonograph  your  manager  told  me  he  did  not 
think  it  was  possible  to  use  it  on  the  train  --  the  vibration 
would  prevent  its  use.  But  X  tried  the  experiment  and  found 
that  by  taking  an  ordinary  pillow  which  the  train  porter  supp¬ 
lies  and  putting  it  under  the  machine  I  could  get  a  perfect 
record.  In  this  way,  going  to  and  from  Chicago  two  or  three 
times  a  month,  instead  of  losing  my  time  on  the  train,  I  have 
my  best  hours  of  business.  Naturally  I  am  indebted  to  you,  and 
I  want  you  to  see  ,that  as  publicly  as  I  can  ,  I  recognize  the 

I  hope  that  you  are  well,  and  that  the 
collection  of  cells  called  Thomas  A.  Edison,  will  come  pretty 
close  to  immortality  anyhow  —  even  if  you  are  right  about 
their  ultimate  dispersal, in  which  I  don't  in  the  least  agree 
with  you. 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
West  Orange, 

Yours  very  sincerely 

Esq. , 

Dictated  but  not  read. 




The  'Vi zlue  of  the  Country  dZewsjzajser  as  an 
Advertising  JVledium 

By  Arthur  Brisbane 


nication  from  you.  I  make  it  a  rule  to  attend  to  my  cor¬ 
respondence  promptly. 

At  present  I  write— dictating  to  the  Edison  Business 
Phonograph— on  the  20th  Century  on  my  way  from  Chi¬ 
cago  to  New  York.  I  always  speak  extemporaneously, 
and  I  have  no  notes  or  reports  of  the  address  in  Omaha  in 

that  tlie  metropolitan  newspapers  should  do  wlut  they  can 
to  advocate  the  use  by  advertisers  of  the  local  newspapers 
throughout  the  country. 

1  o  begin  with,  the  local  newspapers  in  proportion  to 
their  circulation  are  in  my  opinion  INFINITELY  THE 


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^opdu.a°tionV™  te1  TV*"*'  t0  rCaCh  the  l0CaI 

dated  has  no  country  newspapers,  but  only  metropolitan  So^s ™“&£?Sse  ' tIIe' ^HTEVERySf"^' 
FOR  I’HE  MANUFACTURER  t  n  n  it  a  r-  it  -nr,.- 

jjir&a >-> xr*  s^’sassas^^rasaras 
rxia.  cr k„  . 

e— the  Examiner,  earns  FIVE  DOLLARS  EV 

ACQUAINTANCE,  and  attaches  to  the  printed  state-  ample— the  Examiner  iann'nVF 
men  and  advertisements  of  the  country  newspaper,  far  YEAR  FOR  EVERY  COPY  OF  THE  paper en,Rn 
greater  importance  than  the  dweller  in  the  big  city  at-  This  ncwsniner  can  I,  1  11  ^  I AI ER  SOLD. 

'  ’  s  to  the  statement  of  the  advertisements  in  the  big  adver  Jew EL  "  “m0Unt  °f  bl; 

As  one  friend  talking  to  another  about  certain  kinds  of  Th’eM  IMMfTm^PIMY5'  W  .,A?D  SHPPLY 
big  metropolitan  newspaper,  which  is  really  a  stranger,  an  circuit lo„ the  clm^  Innnm  i,  l"° ‘b?u,!!and 

sr-  “  "■  -  ,"i“  “*  vaRars 

“«•  «-•  ««,  -  mnm,  m, i.  5  r~r,?rIs?  Ssssts .?"»  ?,»? 

part  that  the  country  newspaper,  or  the  small  newspaper  PARCELS  POST*  In  the  lonrr  r.m  i*  i  JV^  r  .  ^ 

ssaar  ■“  -  -  -  -  "■  w  « 

scattered  in  every  corner  of  the  country.  It  is  very  im-  for  five  i  nut  s  l  Mho  J,  who  '  talk  t0  b,.m 

portant  that  a  reasonable  income,  generous  recognition  by  the  count™ Td'  ,i,„  ‘  a  ““''spaper  in 

«E £B» sSSP"**53^’™®  “  “f •SpSift,,  ssi  I  J.„.,  „J 

sriLrttystr^  5SSr  r^r 

spirit  and  integrity,  to  make  by  hard  work  in  a  year  of  in-  the  iioint  n  ,.,v  ,  1.  1  hlS  l".8?011  advlcc  from 

telligent  journalism,  a  quarter  as  much  as  can  be  made  by  dee  f  o  n  the  nob  t  of  ’  ! Tl.-  “  'S  still.belt,!r  ad' 
any  rascal  willing  to  sell  himself  to  a  corporation.  It  is  a  would  b"a  verv°ad  dw  indeed  fir  fcm“'\  U 

great  harm  to  the  country  that  the  ambitious  newspaper  were  not  scaled  In S  f?r  U  is.  coumry  ,f  tbere 
man  should  be  moving  always  toward  the  hi,,  pin™  in  Cattcrcd  »>  every  little  hamlet  a  conscientious, 

order  to  make  a  decent  living/  Every  town  where  there  is  to  wntch/nd  nrr  mIi  wl.  !ng  for  ridiculousIy  small  pay 
a  Congressman  NEEDS  A  GOOD  EDITOR  Every  ‘  “nd  Protect  the  interests  of  the  neighborhood, 
city  where  a  judge  sits,  and  looks  at  the  corporation  with  to  use  It  h  /loo  T  °f  th‘S  y°U  llkc>  if  you  carc 

one  eye,  and  the  little  people  with  the  other  eye— AND  A  couldn’t  sum  fv  BrnVm'Ik  'n  UC  ’  y°U  a?kcd/or  and  1 
VERY  DIFFERENT  EYE  FOR  EACH— needs  an  i  Tt'  But  I  make  this  reservation,  if  you  use 

honest  editor,  WITH  BOTH  EYES  ON  THE  JUDGE,  ui/nuotations  "  ^  "’USt  '  1  do,,,t  like  cbopped 

It  would  be  a  very  good  thing  indeed  for  this  country  1  ”  Vours  sincerely, 

manent  fortune,  permanent  hidepradmicel'inaddition  tea  I ’.  S.  It  may  interest  you  tt^know  that  whaTlTave 

editors,  the  owners  of  the  ^byTWS 

hurZ'r  mvn!'CUNTIL  TO ™  UN i’^D X ^  "’ishCS  *h“  1  ba™  "p“d 
CEU  POSTBSYSTEM.IjL  INTR0DUCE  THE  PAR-  TOP?  advertipng/'T  STilm  he  des’e°rm/cS 
As  matters  stand  now,  hundreds  of  men  who  would  be  viewed,  is  against  his  own  fi na  ncto /hi terests Ult’  narr°'?!y 

Eastern  newspaper  circles  have  been  astir  over  rumoi 
■“nine  the  future  of  the  Chicago  Tribune,  regarding 
re Jias  been  much  speculation  during  f— ■ 


II  E.  Rhoads,  general  manager  of  the  Los  Angeles  Record 

there  has  been  much  spe'cuTation^laVing'dVe  ‘laTt'Tw  weeks'  ids'  home  ''ll  Vf‘  *,°  A".ders°"’ 

date  tal! J0to?fVSd;r  “  PJT  ?f  SrOUVd  '»■  him  there Tr  d' e'esmbiisirnS  o°f  a  JhS- 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
O/o  Mr.  Harry  Millor, 
laboratory . 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  attached  inquiry, 

1  wish  to  state  that  the  Dictagraph  is  nothing 
more  than  an  inter-communicating  Telephone  with  a 
loud  speaking  attachment . 

There  is  no  economy  in  the  proposition. 
The  customer  has  to  pay  for  the  interior  wiring,  as 
naturally  the  Telephone  Company  will  not  allow  them  to 
attach  their  wires. 

The  only  convenience  lies  in  the 
speaker  at  his  desk  being  able  to  instantly  connect 
with  any  other  desk  which  has  a  Dictagraph  and  by 
means  of  the  loud  speaking  telephone,  say  what  he  Hob 
to  by  making  connections  on  his  desk. 

I  do  not  thiniThas  any  value  as  far  os 
a  aompetittsm-'for  the  Busines's  Bhonograph,  and  the 
connection  of  tho  Sterling  Debenture  Corporation  selling 
stock  for  this  concern  is  enough  to  condemn  it  with  any¬ 
one  who  knows  anything  about  such  propositions. 

Yours  very  truly, 


1910.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works.  Among  the  items  for  1910  are 
letters  to  and  from  Frank  L.  Dyer,  general  manager  of  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works,  regarding  complaints  against  purchasing  agent  H.  T.  Leeming.  Also 
included  are  shop  orders  and  comparative  reports  of  earnings  and  expenses 
for  1909  and  1910. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  shipping  receipts,  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  and  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected 

Smkx  Jan.  10,  1910. 

Messrs.  Waterman,  T.ung,  Oall,  Prod  ’fay,  Munson,  Jamison,  Braughting 
department,  Rodfeopri,  Zaromba,  and  looming: 

Please  not*  that  winding  orank-handlo  #1653  will  bo  udoptad  01 
tha  following  winding  cranks  an  noon  an  tho  stock  of//2853  1b  exhausted. 
Also  not a  that  Pin  #2143  will  bo  uoad  on  thlo  now  crank: 

Piresida  Phonograph, 

Standard  * 

Homo  * 

Triumph  ■ 

Business  Shaving  Machine, 

Idolla  Phonograph, 

Universal  Shaving  Maohlno, 

P.  K.  Pilm  Be  winder,  Model  B, 

P.  K.  Underwriters’  Modal  B, 

10"  Rool  Kangor,  P.  TT.  Undarwrltaro'  and  Improvod  Exhibition. 

P.  K.  Improved  Exhibition, 

12"  Reel  Ranger,  P.  K.  Underwriters  and  Improved  Exhibition. 

Universal  P.  K.  ’  ■ 

Tho  adaption  of  the  foregoing  will  make  the  following 
handles  and  crank-handlo-plns  obnoloto: 


17007,  17,266,  18,067,  12,053,  10,114,  2,053,  2,144.  16.063.  9.250. 

N  18,800;  ...... 


17,278,  ia,06TF7T7,bM,  17,267,  16,064,  1652,  9257,  18,809. 

P.  TSBSR.'  • 

CJw/jTB  \ 

A  wonvmH*^^i^”LiH"'ec  wimurHOTicEAm  TO  oooosuusow  mtmaiprorMHYAHOAKC  coumcmr  ukhsimis.  a  caocm,  and  omen  causes  on 

t  Wi ls ©  M  Lumber  &  Box  Go. 




Tonawanda,  ST.  Y.  Jan. ,  10th. , 1910. 

Mr.  Thoa.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir,- 

We  are  handing  you  herewith  enclosed 
have  to-day  written  to  your  General  Manager, Mr.  Frank" L. 
will  explain  itself,  ufo***' 

Very  reepectfli^D  [Lq, 



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Tonawanda,  n.  Y..  Jan. ,  10  th, ,  1910 . 

Hr.  Frank  L.  Dyer, General  Mgr, , 

Edison  Phonograph  Works, 

Dear  Sir,0 

Orange, N. J, 

We  feel  quite  dieoapointed  and  chagrined  beoauae  of  the 
treatment  accorded  us  by  your  Purohaeing  Agent, Hr.  Learning  and  your 
Box  Factory  man, Hr.  Lozier, and, thinking  you  would  possibly  be  in¬ 
terested  in  the  matter, we  have  deoided  to  write  you  a  history  of 
the  tranaotion.  Viz; 

On  the  eleventh  of  December  1909  the  writer  oalled  at  your 
office  at  Orange, N.J.  and  in  the  absence  of  Hr.  Learning, was  reoeived 
by  Mr.  Cheshire, Mr.  Learning's  aost.  Mr.  Cheshire  advised  the 
writer  you  were  in  the  market  for -about  seventy-five  (75)  oars  of 
4/4  White  Pine  Box  Lumber  to  be  shipped  you  as  you  might  require  it 
within  the  next  twelve  months.  He  then  took  the  writer, together 
with  Mr.  Lozier  out  on  your  Lumber  yard  to  show  me  the  quality  of 
the  lumber  you  require  with  the  information  that  you  had  been  buy¬ 
ing  from  A. Weston  &  Son  of  our  City.  Mr.  Lozier  was  very  loud  and 
bitter  in  his  denunciation  and  complaints  of  the  grade  and  widths 
of  Lumber  received  from  A.  Weston  &  Son  saying  that  the  grade  was 
not  what  you  bought  or  contracted  to  bo  furnished  you.  That  the 
stock  was  very  rotten  and  very  narrow,  running  heavy  to  4"  widths 
and  that  easily  3Q$  of  it  had  to  be  thrown  out  on  account  of  waste 
in  the'  Box  Factory. 



ilsqn  Lumber  &  Box  Co. 



nr.  P.1,.  D.#  2. 

Having  got  a  line  on  your  requirement, the  writer  submitted 
a  prloe  of  $  21.7 B  por  U  Ft,  on  seventy-five  care  of  this  4/4  Box 
Lumber  D.3. S.  and  delivered  on  care  your  station, Orange,N. J.and  at 
the  suggestion  of  Ur,  Cheshire  took  your  order  for  a  sample  oar  to  be 
submitted.  This  was  afterwards  confirmed  by  your  formal  order  #  4260 
The  car  was  perpared  and  forwarded  to  you  in  Erie  oar  #  104609  on 
Deoember  18th., 1909. 

On  Deo. ,31st.  Ur.  Lemming  wrote  us  as  follows; 

"Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  24th.  inot.  relative  to 
the  car  of  lumber  shipped  to  us  on  the  18th. inst. ,we  are  pleased 
to  advise  that  this  lumber  has  come  to  hand  and  our  Purchasing  Agt. 
Hr.  Lemming  ,who  will  be  in  Tonawanda  on  Tuesday  Jan.  4th. , will  oall 
on  you  in  reference  to  same,  » 

On  the  morning  of  Jan.  4th.  Mr.  Leming,  Mr.  Lozier, and 
Mr.  Rouse, Eastern  representative  of  A. Weston  &  Son, arrived  in 
Buffalo  and  registered  at  the  Iriquoy  Hotel, Buffalo, N.Y.  Mr.  Leming 
however, did  not  call  on  us  during  that  day.  During  the  evening  of 
Jan.  4th.  the  writer  went  to  Buffalo, called  at  the  Iriquoy,and  had 
an  audience  with  Mr,  Leming.  He  advised  us  that  he  had  boon  so 
busy  with  matters  in  Buffalo  that  he  had  not  been  able  to  go  to 
Tonawanda  dhat  day.  (  we  know,howevor, that  Mr.  Leming  had  been  at 
the  office  of  A. Weston  &  Son, at  Tonawanda, a  greater  part  of  that  day) 


Wilson  Lumber  &  Box  Co. 



Mr.  F..L.D.#  3. 

Ho  atated,hcw ever, that  he  would,  oall  on  uo  in  Tonawanda  the  next  day 
and  go  over  the  natter  with  uo  and  look  over  the  Lurcher  we  had  offer¬ 
ed  you.  During  the  oonveroation  that  evening  the  again  stated  that 
A.  WeBton  &  Sona  were  aelling  you  your  lumber  but  that  the  lumber 
was- not  satisfactory, there  being  too  much  narrow  stock  and  the  grade 
being  so  poor  that  fully  30#  had  to  be  consigned  to  the  scrap  pile 
or  wood  pile  op  aooount  of  the  poor  grade  and  that  ho  thought  it 
would  be  neoeseary  to  make  a  change, and  that  he  would  surely  be  at 
our  office  by  ton  thirty  o'clock  Wednesday  A.M. 

Mr.  Leralng, however,  did  not  call  on  uo  on  Wednesday, nor 
did  we  hear  anuthing  further  from  him  eo  that  about  seven  o' dock 
Wednesday  evening  the  writer  called  up  the  Iriquoy  Hotel  and  asked 
to  talk  with  Mr,  Leralng.  After  some  delay  Mr.  Dozier  oarae  to  the 
•phone  and  stated  that  Mr.  Leraing  had  been  oalled  by  wire  to  New  York 
early  Wednesday  P.M.  and  so  for  that  reason  was  not  able  to  come  down 
to  Tonawanda  to  see  us.  Mr.  Lozier  stated  that  he  intended  remaining 
in  Buffalo  until  Thursday  morning  and  then  leave  for  Orange. 

The  writer  then  asked  him  it  the  car  load  of  lumber  we 
shipped  you  was  satisfactory  and  Mr.  Lozier  replied  with  a  string  of 
oaths  that  our  car  was  rotten  that  you  oould-not  use  it;  that  it  was 
made  up  largely  of  Hemlock  and  Cypress;  contained  only  16#  of  White 
Pine,  we  advised  Mr.  Lozier  that  he  hadaevidontly  got  our  oar  oon- 
fused  with  a  oar  from  some  other  party  as  we  had  neither  Hemlook  or 


. . .  AIL  PRICES  ABE  BASED  OH . .  . . 


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dypresson  our  yard  so  that  It  would  ho  absolutely  impossible  to  have 
any  of  these  woods  inoludsd  in  our  shipment.  Hr.  Loaier,however, in¬ 
sisted  that  he  was  sure  and  gave  uo  the  oar  number  in  which  our 
lumber  was  shipped.  We  were  then  satisfied  Hr.  Lozier  was  misrep¬ 
resenting  the  lumber  we  had  shipped.  We  then  asked  him  if  the  oar 
we  shipped  contained  any  shorts.  After  a  moments  hositation,he  re¬ 
plied  that  he  was  not  sure  as  he  had  only  seen  a  little  of  tho  oar 
unloaded  before  leaving  for  Buffalo.  We  then  asked  him, that  being 
the  case, how  did  he  know  that  our  ahipraont  contained  byt  15$  of 
White  Fine,  Ho  replied  that  he  had  had  a  telegram  from  the  works 
since  coming  to  Buffalo  giving  him  this  advioe. 

We  then  asked  Hr.  Lozier  if  it  would  be  possible  to  see 
him  before  he  loft  for  Orange  and  he  Baid,  he  was  going  to  take 
the  early  morning  train  for  Orange.  So  we  rang  off. 

Since  we. knew  that  Hr.-  Lozier  was  misrepresenting  our 
lumber, it  ocoured  to  us  that  possibly  he  was  not  tolling  the  truth 
as  to  Mr.  Learning's  whereabouts  so  the  -writer  called  again,  to  the 
Iroquoy  over  the  Phone,got  the  clerk  at  the  desk  and  asked  if  Mr. 
Learning  was  there.  He  replied  "yes".  We  told  him  that  Mr.  Lozier 
had  advised  us  that  Mr.  Leeraing  had  paid  his  bill  and  left  for 
New  York  in  the  early  after-noon.  The  olerk  stated  that  this  was 
not  oorreot  as  Mr.  Leeraing  was  at  that  time  in  his  room  along  with 
Mr.  Lozier.  The  writer  then. took  the  train, went  to  Buf f alo, oalled 

Ur.  F.L.D.#  4. 




Wilson  Lumber  &  Box  Co. 



at  the  Iroqpoy,  and  learned  that  Mr,  Learning, Iir.  Lozier  and  Mr,  House 
had  paid  tjfeir  bill  and  left  the  Hotel  at  about  eight  o'clock  that, 
Wedna ada^, night ;  all  of  which  looked  very  strange  and  mysterious  to 

us  ae  fa  had/riever  bofor^  In  all  our  business  experience  encountered 
/  h  i 

anything  lust  like  it.  j  j 

y^How  we  are  well  /aware  that  you, through  your  purchasing  Agt. 
are  at  ./iiberty  to  buy  wh/re  you  please  and  pay  any  price  you  may  see 
fit  /o  pay.  That  we  have  absolutely  nothing  to  do  with.  Neither  do 
we/objeot  seriously  to  your  Mr.  Lozier  lieing  to  us  about  Mr.  Looming 
whereabouts  but  we  do, however, ob j  ect  very  strongly  to  having  your  Mr. 
Lozier  misrepresent  and  lie  to  us  about  the  lumber  we  had  shipped  you 
as  a  sample.  Wo  take  a  great  deal  of  care  with  our  shipments  and 
pride  in  making  our  shipments  fully  as  good  as  our  representation. 

We  positively  know  that  the  lumber  we  Shipped  you  did  not  contain.; 
either  Hemlock  or  Cypress.  Also  that  the  grade  was  very  muoh  better 
than  the  lumber  shown  the  writer  on  your  yard  at  the  time  of  making 
personal  visit  there.  If  this  oar  of  lumber  is  still  on  your  yard 
it  will  show  for  itself.  If  it  has  been  used, or  if  you  can  not  be 
oertaln  as  to  whic$  lot  it  1b, we  would  be  glad  to  submit  to  you  one 
five,or  ten  oaro,same  grade, at  the  prioe  offered  which  we  know  will 
oonvinoe  you  beyond  a  shadow  of  doubt  as  being  strictly  up  to  grade 

Mr.  P.L.D.#  5. 


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anti  not  a  a  roprooontod  by  your  Ur.  Loalor. 

Wo  thought  poaoibly  you  night  v/ant  to  look  in  to  thio 
matter  personally,  What  •'/o  have  given  you  abovo  aro  absolute  facta. 
Wo  ahull  bo  glad  to  hoar  from  you. 

\  / 


Jan.  10,  191 

Mr.  T.  J.  Wilson,  V, 

V/iloon  Lunbor^f!  Do;:  Co., 

Eoneronda,  II.  Y. 

Dour  Dir: 

Youro  of  tho  IGtJi  toot,  has  boon  duly  rcooivod,  and 
also  copy  sont  to  ...r<  Edison  t|„\o  boon  referred  to  no. 

In  loolring  into-  the  cr.ttor  an  tx  so  I  liavo  boon 
ablo  to,  I  find  thu  t3:o  roaaon  Hr.  loaning  did  not  continue 
hio  negotiations  wit3i  you  too  that  tho  samplo  carload  of  ' 
lurVboi'  pent  ua  v;ao  not  Ho.  1  white  pino,  but  oontainod.  a  lurgf 
proportion  of  other  and  ohoapor  woods.  Our  own  luportotond- 
ont  onaninnd  this  oarlo.,  d  of  lilnbor  and  roportod  th  t  it  aon- 
t-  inod  a  nunbor  of  honlool:  boardp,  but  wo  found  upon  rof  rrinjj  '■ 
tho  realtor  to  an  outaido  osport  that  it  did  not,  apparently, 
contain  honlock  but  did  oontain  bass-wood,  ootton-v.ood,  homey 
Pino,  opruoo  end  Ho.  a  whito  pino.  Shin  latter  report  too 
reedo  after  tho  roooipt  of  your  lottor,  in  ordor  that  I  night 
b  noro  fully  udvinod  ec  to  tho 'situation. 

•  While  Hr.  looning  might  liavo  boon  Juotifiod  in  do-  ' 
oiding  that -if  you  could  not  furnloh  uo  a  oorroot  oanplo  of 
tho  netori.'-.l  wr.ntod  it  v/ould  bo  e  wasto  of  tir.-.o  to  nogotiato 
.mth  you  for  a  conoidorablo  contract ,  ho  was  oortainly  not 
Justified  in  naming  a  dofinito  appototnont  with  you  end  tiion 
not  hooping  it,  and  ho  admits  now  that  ho  should  not  liavo  dono 
oo-  I  an  sorry  that  a.  diocourtocy  of  this  sort  should  h  vo 

■  J.  171  la  on. 




toon  ahom  you  by  a  roproooatativo  of  thic  conpcny.  it 
would  taw  toon  far  tottor  for  I,ooninG  to  havo  not  you  in 
porfoot  frcnlaioDB  and  throated  out  the  -.  hole  ouoatlon,  in- 
otond  of  talUne  the  o outgo  ho  did,  end  I  have  nado  it  clour 
to  tin  that  laiate&oa  of  judCnont  of  thio  oort  mot  not  to  mdo 
in  tho  futuro. 

I  than!:  you  very  rrach  for  trincinc  thic  mttor  to 
137  “W<mtl0a’  aiUl  2  hC"°  -  “o  in  the  naiirot  for  luntor 
uGam  you  nay  not  hnvo  u  lil:o  opportunity  for  criticion.  ' 

Your  a  vory  truly, 

General  Mareor. 

Collpotor  of  Internal  Revenue, 
jPoot  Office  Building, 

/  Ilonarlc,  II.  J. 

■Sir:  ' 


I  hand  you  heronith  tho  return  of  the  annual  not  incomo 
for  tho  yoar  onding  Booomhor  31,  1909,  of  the  Hdloon  Phonograph 
VTorho,  provided  for  in  Section  00  of  tho  Aot  of  Congress  approved’ 
August  5,  1909. 

In  mailing  this  rotuxn  v  o  rospootfully  comply  witlitj^e  ■ 
lav/  ruder  protost,  rosorving  all  rights  and  claiming  that  the  lan 
under  y/hioh  this  information  is  given  is  on  invalid  infringomont 
of  tho  rights  of  this  corporation  ur.dor  tho  Ians  and  Constitution 
of  tho  Unitod  Statos  and  tho  lav/s  of  tho  Stoto  of  lion  Jorsey,  hy 
tho  powers  of  which  its  corporate  oristonco  was  croated. 

Tory  rospootfully, 


General  Llanagor. 



P *)7 Vft-M. 


Tho  Muaio  Waster  woodon  horn  Is  of  tho  somo  dimensiono  as 
tha  hall  of  our  olavan-potal  horn,  which  1«  u«»d  on  our  Triumph 
and  Idolia  aaohinas,  and,  therefore,  the  regular  Triumph  and 
Idalla  crones  will  do  for  tho  woodon  horn. 

It  should  ho  undarotood  that  when  wo  put  out  tho  Modal  0 
roproducar  with  tho  Triumph  and  Idolia  machines,  a  now  orano 
In  to  bo  mado,  which,  of  course,  win  do  for  tho  woodon  horn. 
The  foregoing  applies  if  wa  uco  our  rogulttr  aotal  oonnactionj 
tut  if  we  use  tho  now  rubber  connection,  the  standard  of  the 
orunas  must  bo  1  1/4  lnohao  longor. 

On  tho  Homo,  Standard  and  Firesldo  maohinos  wo  use.  our 
ton-petal  Cygnet  horn.  *e  find  that  the  crane  which  we  made 
for  tho  Model  0  reproducer  in  connection  with  tho  Triumph  and 
Idolia  maohinos,  will  bo  all  right  for  tho  Homo,  Standard  and 
Pi rani da  machines  with  tho  woodon  horn,  with  tho  exception 
that  the  standard  must  be  2  3/4  inches  shorter  if  m  use  the 
regular  metal  connection,  or  1  1/4  i„0h90  shorter  if  wo  adopt 
tho  rubber  connection. 

I  talcs  pleasure  in  handing  you  herewith  General 
Expenses  Report  of  the  Edison  Phono ©-aph  Works,  showing  in  detail  fo!‘ 
three  months  ending  May  31st  1910  compared  .vith  three  months  ending 
May  31at  1909,vfoich  as  you  will  see  shows  -an  increase  for  this  quarter 
over  that  of  the  previous  year  of  §24,143.62.  I  have  iaarked  the 
morg  important  items  and  submit  the  following  as  explanation  of  the 
increases :« 



Phonograph  Company, 


of  previous  year  and  partly  to  increase  in  legal  charges. 

STOCK  CLERKS  Due  to  new  system  installed  requiring  more 

help;  hut  some  of  this  extra  help  has  since 
been  laid  off  so  that  the  next  quarterly  report  will  show  a 

LABORERS  Shop  order  No.  4782  issued  to  cover  all  general 

laboring  work  used  in  connection  with  handling 
raw  material,  shows  an  increase  in  pay-roll  of  §1200.00  over  the 
same  period  of  last  year. 

Shop  order  No.  4053  issued  to  cover  all  general 
laboring  work  throughout  the  yard,  shows  an  increase  in  pay-roll 
over  la3t  year  of  between  §300.00  and  §400.00 

AUTOMOBILE  During  thi3  year  there  were  purchased  a  lot  of 

"  ~  cells,  amounting  to  §1476.00,  for  the 

automobiles,  and  the  balance  is  increase  in  pay-roll. 

FREIGHT  &  EXPRESS  Duty  &  Custom  charges  on  sapphires  erroneously 
distributed  to  Freight  &  Express  —  will 
transfer  from  General  Expense  to  Phonograph  Material. 

MAINTENANCE  OP  TOOLS  Increase  caused  by  having  to  make  over  a 

great  many  jigs  and  dies,  and  repairing  and 

renewing  machinery. 

OIL  ....  Increase  in  actual  purchases  of  the  various 

kinds  of  oil,  as  compared  with  the  same  period 
of  the  previous  year. 

POLISHING  &  NICKEL  PLATINO  Increase  in  purchases 

PACKING  &  BOXING  3hop  order  No.  4062  issued  to  oover  labor  and 
material  covering  Phonos,  Numbering  Uaohines 
and  Parts,  and  blocking  of  Phonos  in  Assembling  Department,  shows  an 
increase  of  about  §400.00  over  the  same  period  of  last  year. 

Shop  order  No.  4814  issued  to  cover  labor  and 
material  to  block  up  Amberola  Phonoa  and  Cabinets  for  shipment, 
accounts  for  the  balanoe  of  the  difference,  inasmuch  as  we  did  not 
have  these  machines  during  the  first  quarter  of  the  previous  year. 

Increase  due  to  increase  in  salaries. 

Last  year  all  of  the  expense  of. the  Transcrib¬ 
ing  Department  was  borne  by  the  National 

This  year  it  is  apportioned  over  the  several 

Increase  In  pay-roll  ofV§400.00 


F.  L.  Dyer 

Sheet  2 


LIGHT ,KBAT  &  POWER  Represents  stocking  up  of  coal,  principally 

during  the  month  of  March,  in  anticipation  of 

a  threatened  strike. 

Of  the  items  of  expense  pertaining  to  BathB  lif  g.  Co. , 
you  will  notice  Legal  Expenses  for  the  quarter  ending  May  Slot  1910 
exceed  the  same  expenses  for  the  same  period,  of  the  previous  year  by 
#833.77,  otherwise  the  total  of  the  expenses  for  the  hates  Mfg.  Co., 
ia  less  this  year  than  for  the  same  period  of  the  previous  year. 

I  have  arranged  to  furnish  you  wi th  these  monthly 
reports  so  ao  to  keep  you  advised.  I  am  sending  copies  of  this 
letter  and  report  to  Mess.  Wilson  and  Weber  and  will  hereafter  furnish 
them  with  copies  of  future  reports  that,  will  be  sent  to  you,  so  they 
can  be  kept  posted. 

Similar  reports  are  being  made  up  for  the  other 
companies  which  I  win  forward  as  soon  as  completed. 

E.  I.  Berggren 



Accounting  Dept. 
Purchasing  &  Cost  Dept. 

Shipping  &  Order  Dept. 
Time  or  Pay  Roll 
Billing  Dept. 

Traffic  Dept. 
Transcribing  Dept. 
Legal  10xpen3es 
Telephone  Service 
Stock  Clerks 
Shipping  Clerks 
Shop  Clerks 

Messengers,  Carfare,  -It c , 

Yard  Poremen 




Cartage  , 

Bxtra  Labor 
Prt .  .c  Express 
Pi re  Dept, 

Imp.  A:  Gen'L  Repairs 
Int.  <:i  Discount 
Maint.  of  Tools 

Polishing  &  Nickel  Plate 
Printing  &  Stationery 
Packing  &  Boxing 
Patterns  &  Drawings 
Power,  Heat  &  Light 











































Bates  Mf r..  Co. 



Prt.  &  Kxp. 

Int.  &  Discount 


Mi  sc. 

Printing  &  Stationery 

Salesmen's  Expenses 




Rxtra  Labor 

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percentage  of  gross  profit  realized  for  the  fiscal  year  1909. 










Projecting  Kinetoscopes 

Aut.  Numbering  Machines 

Bates  Merchandise 

Fan  Motors 

Material  Sales 




























Total  Sales 







Projecting  Kinetoscopes 

Aut.  Numbering  Machines 

Bates  Merchandise 

Fan  Motors 

Material  Sales 
























Accounting  Dept. 

Purchasing  &  Cost  Dept. 
Production  Dept. 

Shipping  &  Order  Dept. 

Pay  Roll  Dept. 

Billing  Dept. 

Traffic  Dept. 

Transcribing  Dept. 
Miscellaneous  Help 
Legal  Expense 
Telephone  Service 
Stock  Clerks 
Shipping  Clerks 
Shop  Clerks 

Messengers,  Carfare  &  Etc. 




Extra  Labor 


Ereight  &  Express 

Eire  Dept. 

Inp.  &  Gen'l  Repairs 
Interest  &  Discount 
Maint.  of  Tools 

Polishing  &  Nickel  Plating 
Printing  &  Stationery 
Packing  &  Boxing 
Patterns  &  Drawings 
Power,  Heat  &  Light 




Chari ty 

Miscellaneous  Material 

Bates  Mfg,  Cp.  Gen'l  Expense 
























































































Edison  Mfg.  Co.  Int.  Aoct. 



Nat'l  Phono,  Co.  "  " 



Bond  Interest 









1910.  Radio  (D-10-53) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
technical  and  commercial  development  of  wireless  telegraphy  or  radio.  The 
items  for  1910  consist  primarily  of  correspondence  with  the  Marconi  Wireless 
Telegraph  Co.  of  America  regarding  the  renewal  of  notes  held  by  Edison.  Also 
included  are  letters  of  inquiry  and  items  pertaining  to  Patrick  Delany  and  his 
"telepost"  system. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  unsolicited  inquiries  and  most  of  the 
communications  of  the  Marconi  company. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esc*., 
Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange,  N.J, 

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G*?v»v<.y  -’/vWCu'.e  vtk£&J  •=?\p}*.s.  Ka.4J-«» 

£_£jtJL  ck  Vi  Jnt)  ^Mvut  LOt-Cfc. 

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Our  Note  for  $4,800.  fills  diie  on  May  1st  next  and  it 
'J)  isrcZKci,  uAo  -2|et-fCc-*J  2*»*r« 

would  he  a  very  great  convenience  to  tfcis  Comptoiy  if  you  wjbuld  *  I 

again  permit  a  renewal  for  one  7ou^^^  wS^^al^ 

Bend  you  interest  on  this  note,  ancTon/the  other  to 

This  Company  during  the  past  year  has  don^exc optionally 
wfill,  and  I  have  the  pleasure  of  enclosing  to  you  a  synopsis  of  our 
Profit  and  Loss  Account  which  may  interest  you,  and  hy  which  you 
wif1  see  that  ths  Company  made  a  net  earning  on  the  gross  working 
of  $16,637.41.  In  accordance  with  the  usual  custom  1C>£  depreoia- 
tija  was  taken  off  the  amount  standing  to  the  dehit  of  station 
e'xi  Pments,  vizi  $12,936.41  so  that  the  company  made  an  actual  pro- 
^ last  year  of  $3,701, 

Mr.  Karoonl  is  now  at  Glaoe  Bay,  N.S.  putting  the  station 

I'.A.E.  -3- 

there  in  thorough  order  and  we  expect  to  hear  from  Trim  very  short¬ 
ly  that  work  aoross  the  ocean  is  an  accomplished  fact  and  that  it 
will  continue  throughout  the  year  without  any  breakdown. 

I  am 

Yours  very  truly, 


Enclosure.  Vice^P^Ident. " 


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M£Si2?J£yi®2.  imp?.  prams.  jsariiXjtgs. 

Bx-iwtWft  of  Stations,  62,038.88  Iruffio  a/c  31,089.08  93,067.96 

.  lolls  ywAg.  <s)w.rg«j,  ll,«33.0o  Howl  Office,  730.16;  12,305,22 

Cost  of  installations)  Sales  from 

«id  maWi&l  used.  )  88,320.28  stock, 

Comn.or  advertising  )  Atlantic 

solicitors,  )  2,260,00  Daily  Hews 

not  recpts. 

Salaries  Officers,  )  Short  Vr'irc 

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Postage,  printing 
telegrams, traveling 






26  f 851. 77 

2, 093.60 
16.637. 41 




6,481.10  Oon.flx. 


3,000.01  profit,  §16,037.41 

Balance  profit, 

Depreciation  on 
equipments  10^>, 

16,  637.. 11 

§  3,701.00 

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Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq.: 

“TSi-*”  SOT—  /-■—  •»  CKK*-'i*«' 
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Having  beenQjorn  in  Port  Huron,  Michigan,  and  having 

AT  CS.  ’y  L-kj-M^-N  OI.'.C 

lived  there  moat  of  my/fcoyhood  days,  1  feel  that  in  writing 

5t  jUA**j*Aty  ^  CMC  r£.'£<la-*>  <3&(Sr*~*r*t  \AX/7^t.uyy 
”me  you  "will  give  this  letter  more 

you  that  I  may  perhaps 'as  sumey6u,'w'iri"’glve 


attention  than  were  I  unknown  to  you.  The  matter  <jj^v/ireless 
telegraphy  has  recently  been  brought  to  my  attentisfl-A»-t'Kat  my 
clients  the  Junior  Wireless  Club,  of  New>»Srk Hty  asked  me  to 
represent  them  in  organizing  a  national  mb^ement  to  delay 
action  by  Congress  on  the  bills  to  regulate  Jrireless  until  the 
amatuers  could  all  be  heard. 

It  is  amazing  how  many  intelligent  toys  have 
stimulated  into  experimental  work  by  the-  introduction  of  the 
wireless.  The  hasty  passage  of  any  of  the  bills  now  pending 
would  mean  that  the  activities  of  these  boys  might  be  driven  to 
less  worthy  pursuits. 

If  you  feel  that  you  could  spare,  say  about  one-half  an 
hour  within  the  next  ten  days  to  meet  a  delegation  of  three  or 
four  New  York  toys  who  would  like  to  outline  to  you  the  plans  of 
the  amatuers,  I  will  be  very  glad  to  arrange  an  interview  entire¬ 
ly  at  your  convenience.  With  much  respect,  I  am, 

Very  sincerely. 

Elliot  Crason  Gold  Medal, 



Nantucket,  Mass. J 

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272  Seventy-fourth. Street, 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,  Sept.  I,  1910. 

Dear  Sir  or  Madam  : 

After  next  Marconi  Wireless  Telegraph  Company  of 
America’s  annual  meeting,  our  committee  will  send  report  of  pro¬ 
gress  made  in  out*  present  minority  stockholders  movement,  only 
io  those  who  furnish  their  own  stampped  and  addressed  envelopes  now, 
which  you  should  at  least  furnish  if  you  cannot  afford  to  contribute 
the  ten  cents  towards  the  cost  of  printing,  etc.,  as  per  our  request 
contained  in  “Square  Deal”  letter  dated  June  1st  and  mailed  to 
all  stockholders  of  record  August  24th, — that  is  to  say,  1909 
record.  (We  did  not  send  any  to  those  whose  address  is  given 
care  of  stock  brokers.)  If  you  are  not  interested  enough  to  com¬ 
ply  with  request  of  our  letter  above  referred  to,  we  will  drop  the 
whole  matter  after  next  annual  meeting  of  the  Marconi  Company,  St 
at  which  time  we  are  going  to  send  our  report  to  all  those  who  did 
send  at  least  a  stamped  and  addressed  envelope  as  previously  re- 

We  positively  cannot  again  undertake  to  furnish  and  address 
more  envelopes  to.  all  stockholders  of  record  as  we  have  already 
done.  We  minority  stockholders  ought  to  organize  to  hold  the 
management  of  our  property  in  check  in  their  future  acts,  other¬ 
wise  they  may  want  to  issue  bonds  or  preferred  stock  later  on, 
then  where  will  you  be?  But  if  minority  stock  is  represented  at 
future  meetings  we  can  block  such  action  if  we  receive  a  sufficient 
number  of  shares  to  vote  bv  proxy. 

I,  personally,  am  not  fighting  for  my  20  shares,  10  at  $65.00 
eight  years  ago,  and  10  at  $30.00  three  years  ago,  total  $950.00, 
but  for  principle  and  out  of  sympathy  for  the  poor  widows,  etc., 
who  own  stock  at  $140.00  per  share  and  less,  which  now  is  worth 
but  $25.00  on  record  and  about  $7.00  or  $7.50  if  offered  for  sale 
on  the  market  now.  Have  offered  the  President  of  the  United 
States,  under  date  August  10,  1910,  my  shares  free  and  clear  if  he 
will  accept  them  and  take  up  the  fight  in  the  interest  of  the  poor 
people.  (No  reply  has  reached  me  to  date  from  the  President.) 

To  all  of  the  above  truth  and  in  the  interest  of  a  square  deal, 

I  solemnly  and  sincerely  swear,  so  help  me  God. 

Wm.  R.  James, 

Chairman  of  Committee. 

19  10 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  K.  J. 

Bear  Sirs 

Out  of  the  hundreds  of  readers 
who  write  this  Bureau  every  month  about  *  ^  I J 

investments  a  good  many  have  ashed  about 
Mr.  Patrick  B.  Belaney. 



This  gentleman  is  given  as  an 
"associate  of  Thomas  A.  Edison's"  by  the 
conoem  which  sells  stocks  in  an  invention 
called  the  Telepost.  Mr.  Delaney  as  the 
inventor  is  named  as  "one  of  the  foremost 
telegraphers  and  electricians". 

Many  of  our  readers  have  bought  fl'krcK. 
on  the  understanding  that  this  invention  is 
to  supersede  the  Morse  system  entirely,  and 
that  it  is  in  practical  commercial  operation 
—  that  it  costs  more  than  30ji  to  send  ten 
words  by  the  Morse  system,  whereas  it  costs 
the  Telepost  less  than  lljl. 

Any  information  you  could  send  could 
be  used  by  us  to  be  of  value  to  hundreds  of 
people.  If  you  want  us  to  keep  your  name  con¬ 
fidential,  we  shall  be  entirely  glad  to  do  so. 

Very-  truly  yours. 

1 0rvvC«  -jo*  -  &  tttfs. 


1910.  West  Orange  Laboratory  (D-10-55) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
operation  of  the  West  Orange  laboratory.  Included  are  items  regarding  the 
formation  of  an  engineering  and  experimental  department  at  the  laboratory  and 
the  invention  of  a  drying  apparatus  for  photographic  plates  by  Alexander  N. 
Pierman.  There  are  also  letters  concerning  the  forfeiture  of  the  charter  of  the 
Ott  Manufacturing  Co.,  as  well  as  memoranda  and  other  items  pertaining  to 
equipment,  scrap  metal,  chemicals,  and  supplies. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  statements,  acknowledgments  and  receipts,  bills  of 
lading,  routine  correspondence  about  supplies  and  equipment,  and  documents 
that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 

2-t.  ^'chaiif'^vcycianint 

Cubic  jAbitrcs! 
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■1.137  Jllru:i& 

11  S»|nl«  street  (aUiiUccji  ?nrb  Jllbg.) 

(i  Jfclu  gorlt,  g.  Jan.  21-1910. 



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January  26,  1910. 

As  you  know  Mr.  Edison  hao'cLeoided  to  install  at  tho 
laboratory  an  Engineering  and  Experimental  Department  which  will  have 
charge  of  tho  ontiro  developments  /■£  new  machines  to  bo  manufactured 
hero.  They  will  turn  over  to  us  a  complete  working  imchine  for  ap¬ 
proval  of  tho  Executive  dommitteo  and  when  that  is  done  the  machine 
will  be  turned  ovor  to  thD  Manufacturing  poople  and  the  proper  tools, 
etc.  made.  1  wish  you  would  think  ovor  tho  mattor  end  let  mo  know 
whether  you  believe  tho  Engineering  and  Experimental  Department 
should  be  maintainod  by  tho  national  Company  or  £y  the  Laboratory,  .und 

if  the  former  whether  the  cost  should  be  divided  among 
the  various  manufacturing  concerns  and  what  tho 
proposition  should  be. 

F.  1.  D. 


A  tU)  ■  ^ 

Mi-.  Dyer: 

I  am  of  the  opinion  that  the  entire  Engineering  and 
Experimental  department  should  be  on  the  Laboratory  pay-roll.  Harry 
Miller  oan  then  charge  the  different  companies  with  any  work  they  may 
do  for  them.  All  laboratory  work  is  now  charged  to  our  different 
companies,  and  if  we  attempt  to  carry  part  of  the  force  on  our  payroll 
and  the  laboratory  carry  part  on  their  payroll,  it  will  only  result  in 
confusion;  then  in  the  event  of  the  production  of  any  patentable 
article  it  would  be  better  to  show  directly  on  the  books  of  Thomas  A. 
Edison  than  on  our  books.  It  would  not  look  well  for  the  national 
Company  to  work  under  a  license  from  the  N.  J.  Eatent  Co.  for  something 
that  the  National  Company  show  by  their  books  that  they  had  developed. 
For  the  above  reasons  I  think  it  wise  to  have  the  laboratory  carry  the 
department.  We  indirectly  furnish  the  cash  to  carry  them  anyway. 


A.  Wei 



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Belhlehem  Steel  Company, 

?.%&?•  South  Belhlehem, Pa.  ,  1910 

s,-:  0r“”'  "•  (Uy  teg  ^  * 

rcili  .  '1 

Keplymj;  to  your  letter  of  the  17th  instant  (J  J 
would  Bay  that  we  have  no  use  for  the  Ifickol  Steel  .  / 
Scrap  mentioned  for  sale  and  will  not,  thorofo**-^^ 
na.Me  a  price  for  the  sane, 

Will' :  7/TR 


June  25,  1910. 

. ''Ir.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  IT.  j. 
Dear  Sir:- 

The  morrin  Climax  toiler  Company,  of  Brooklyn, 
H.y.  ,  have  asked  us  to  allow  them  to  hid  on  any  work  we  my 
have  in  their  line,  and  have  given  you  as  one  of  their 

Will  you  kindly  advise  whether  or  not  their  work 
was  satisfactory  and  if  you  recommend  that  they  he  awarded 
contracts  in  oase  they  are  low  bidders. 

Any  information  you  may  furnish  will  he  considered 

Yours  truly, 

4-£r  o/.<ly 

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October  31,  1910, 

A.  N,  Pierman, 

387  Orange  Street, 

Newark,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Peirman,- 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  30th  of  September 
which  would  have  been  answered  sooner,  but  for  my  absehoe  from  the 

I  have  absolutely  no  affiliation  with 
photograph  machine  manufacturers,  and  therefore  I  cannot  be  of 
any  service  to  you  in  this- matter .  The  machine  itself  appeals 
to  me  as  being  very  practical  and  useful. 

Why  would  it  not  be  a  good  plan  fory0u  to 
take  the  matter  up  with  some  of  the  large  dry-plate  or 
camera  manufacturers?  I  think  they  would  be  glad  to  put  you 
in  touch  with  some  concerns  who  would  he  interested  in  looking 
into  the  matter. 

In  addressing  them,  1  suggest  your  mentioning 
•the  fact  that  you  are  in  Mr,  Edison's  employ,  as  that  should 
carry  wQight, 


No.  1  BROADWAY,  N.  Y.  CITY. 



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Tuesday,  November  15th, 

Taking  effect  Tuesday,  November  loth, 
1910,  the  price  of  Buckwheat,  Bice  and  ? 


Hot.  21,1910. 

Mr.  George  Eastman, 

Eastman  Kodak  Company, 

Eochcster,  II,  Y. 

My  aoar  Mr.  Eastman: - 

V.’ouia  you  te  in  any  way  interested 
•  in  the  enolosea  patent  to  Mr.  Alexander  II.  Picnnan,  Ho.  ' 
970,108,  bate a  September  IS,  1910,  in  which  I  own  a  half 
interest?  Mr.  Picmaan  is  one  of  Mr.  Edison' s  experiment¬ 
ers  ana  1  think  is  a  very  capahlo  inventor.  Ho  tells  me 
that  the  average  time  required  to  dry  a  plate,  winter 
ana  summer,  in  tho  usual  way,  is  eight  ana  one-quarter 
hours,  hut  that  with  his  machine  tho  plate  can  he  ariea 
in  about  forty-five  minutes.  Mr.  Pierman  has  made  a 
model  of  tho  machine  ,  ana  if  you  are  in  any  way  interest¬ 
ed  I  will  send  it  on,  so  that  you  can  test  it  and  see  if 
thoro  is  anything  in  the  suggestion.  I  might  say  that 
the.  motor  used  with  tho  machine  is  an  ordinary  disk  talk- 
teg  machine  motor,  ana  those  can  ho  purchased  very  cheaply. 

irR  -  Hr.  Goorgo  Eastman. 

Enclosed  I  also  hand  yon  a  photograph  of  tho  actnal 
maohine,  from  which  you  will  probably  get  a  better  idea 
of  its  construction  than  from  the  patent  itself. 

Yours  .very  truly,  j 



Vi oe -Ere  si dent , 



Jan.  3 , 



Hr.  F.  \V.  Love  joy. 

General  Manager  Manufacturing  Departments, 
Eastman  Kodak  Co., 

Rochester,  11.  Y. 

My  clear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  tho  30th  has  heon  rooeived,  ana  I 
note  that  in  your  opinion  tho  Pierman  Dryer  would  not  for  your 
purposes  he  salable  to  the  professional  photographer-  I 
thank  you  very  much  for  looking  into  this  matter  for  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 



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Mr.  11.  7.  Miller: - 

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existence  of  the  Ott  Manufacturing  Company,  and  therefore 
suggest  that  the  corporation  tax  should  not  he  paid  and 
the  charter  he  allowed  to  forfeit. 

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The  twenty-two  volumes  in  this  set  contain  tissue  copies  of  Edison's 
correspondence  forthe  period  September  1899-March  191 1 .  In  addition,  the  first 
letterbook  in  this  set  includes  several  letters  from  November  1 892-August  1 894. 
Although  there  are  occasional  letters  in  Edison's  hand,  most  of  his  manuscript 
correspondence  is  in  the  hand  of  John  F.  Randolph  or  Harry  F.  Miller,  acting  as 
his  secretary.  Similarly,  the  retained  copies  of  Edison's  typewritten  letters  are 
frequently  signed  or  initialed  by  one  of  his  secretaries. 

Many  of  the  letters  relate  to  ore  mining  and  milling  and  to  the  erection  and 
operation  of  Edison's  cement  plant  in  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  Some  letters 
pertain  to  iron  ore  concentration  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in 
connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  while  others  concern 
Edison's  plans  forgold  ore  concentration  at  the  Ortiz  mine  in  New  Mexico.  There 
are  also  letters  regarding  the  business  and  financial  requirements  of  the  Edison 
Portland  Cement  Co.,  including  correspondence  pertaining  to  royalties  collected 
by  the  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co.  and  to  Edison’s  search  for  markets  for  his 
cement.  Other  letters  deal  with  the  development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage 
battery  and  the  financial  and  industrial  arrangements  for  its  manufacture  and 
distribution  in  the  United  States  and  abroad.  Included  is  correspondence 
discussing  technical  difficulties  that  led  to  the  shutdown  of  the  battery  factory  in 
Glen  Ridge,  New  Jersey,  in  1905.  Additional  documents  describe  ongoing 
progress  on  the  improved  storage  battery  and  its  proposed  use  in  automobiles, 
trucks,  submarines,  and  streetcars.  There  are  also  numerous  items  regarding 
the  planning,  design,  and  production  of  molds  and  patterns  for  use  in  the 
construction  of  the  Edison  concrete  house,  which  was  intended  as  affordable 
housing  for  the  working  class.  Other  documents  deal  with  the  domestic  and 
foreign  phonograph  business,  the  motion  picture  business,  Edison’s  experiments 
with  x-rays,  personnel  matters,  and  legal  concerns. 

Among  the  many  letters  relating  to  Edison’s  personal  and  family  affairs  are 
items  pertaining  to  his  health,  diet,  and  sleeping  habits;  his  opinions  and 
prejudices  on  a  variety  of  social,  religious,  political,  and  economic  issues;  the 
activities  of  his  children,  particularly  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr.,  and  William  Leslie 
Edison;  his  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  his  book  and  journal  orders;  his 
charitable  donations;  improvements  at  Glenmont;  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter 
home  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  Many  of  the  letters  consist  of  replies  to  unsolicited 

requests  and  inquiries,  particularly  in  regard  to  employment,  Edison’s  projected 
concrete  house,  and  inventions  proposed  by  others. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  letters  have  been  selected.  All  substantive 
letters  pertaining  to  Edison's  business  operations  and  to  his  personal  affairs  have 
been  selected.  The  following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  selected: 
routine  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment;  non-substantive 
correspondence  concerning  the  ordering  and  shipment  of  materials;  letters  about 
routine  financial  transactions;  routine  or  repetitive  responses  to  letters  from 
individuals  seeking  employment,  requesting  advice,  and  offering  advice; 
responses  to  other  unsolicited  correspondence;  and  letters  duplicating  the 
information  in  Edison's  handwritten  responses  to  the  incoming  correspondence 
selected  in  the  Document  File  Series.  The  index  at  the  beginning  of  each  book 
has  not  been  selected. 

The  books  are  arranged  in  chronological  order.  Although  every  technical 
effort  has  been  made  to  ensure  the  legibility  of  the  documents  on  the  microfilm, 
most  of  the  books  contain  some  pages  that  are  difficultto  read.  Some  letters  may 
be  partially  or  entirely  unreadable  because  of  spreading  or  smearing  ink  or  light 
imprints.  In  addition,  there  are  occasional  pages  that  are  wrinkled  or  torn. 

Other  letterbooks  for  the  period  1899-1910  can  be  found  in  many  of  the 
collections  in  the  Company  Records  Series,  including  the  records  of  the  Edison 
Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.;  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.;  and  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  Unbound  tissue  copies  of  outgoing  correspondence  and 
interoffice  memoranda  can  be  found  in  the  Document  File  Series  and  in  most  of 
the  company  record  groups. 

Letterbook,  LB-064 

This  letterbook  covers  the  periods  November  1892-August  1894  and  September  1899- 
June  1 900.  The  correspondence  from  the  early  period  is  primarily  by  William  S.  Logue,  writing  on 
behalf  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.,  regarding  the  installation  of  Edison’s  phonoplex  system. 
Most  of  the  letters  from  the  later  period  are  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  They  pertain  to  the 
reopening  of  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  at  Ogden,  New  Jersey;  the  erection  of  a  plant  in  the 
Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.;  plans  for 
an  experimental  mill  at  the  Ortiz  gold  mine  in  Santa  Fe,  New  Mexico;  and  the  construction  of  a 
plant  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey,  for  the  manufacture  of  cement.  Also  included  are  numerous 
other  items  relating  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores,  as  well  as  letters 
concerning  the  domestic  and  foreign  phonograph  business;  the  motion  picture  business;  engines, 
dynamos,  and  other  supplies  and  equipment;  legal  concerns;  Edison's  family,  health,  and 
finances;  and  other  personal  matters.  One  item  pertains  to  Edison's  early  work  on  the  telephone 
and  the  royalties  paid  him  by  the  Western  Union  and  Bell  companies. 

Letterbook,  LB-065 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  June  1900-April  1901 .  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison  and  John  F  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Cloyd  M.  Chapman,  Walter  S.  Mallory, 
and  others.  The  letters  relate  to  the  shutdown  of  Edison's  iron  ore  concentration  plant  at  Ogden, 
New  Jersey;  the  planning  and  construction  of  his  cement  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey;  gold 
mining  and  ore  concentration  operations  at  the  Ortiz  mine  in  Santa  Fe,  New  Mexico;  and  the 
erection  of  an  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with 
the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.  Also  included  are  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  interest 
in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores,  as  well  as  letters  regarding  the  domestic  and  foreign  phonograph 
business,  Edison's  plans  for  his  storage  battery,  orders  for  equipment  and  supplies,  and  family 
and  other  personal  matters. 

Letterbook,  LB-066 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  April-September  1 901 .  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Herman  E.  Dick,  Walters.  Mallory,  and 
others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the  planning  and  construction  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement 
Co.  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey,  and  to  Edison's  investment  in  that  company.  There  are  also 
numerous  letters  concerning  the  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline  storage  battery  and  the 
financial  and  industrial  arrangements  for  its  manufacture.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the 
erection  of  an  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with 
the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  as  well  as  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore 
milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  is  some  material  dealing  with  the  domestic  and  foreign  phonograph 
business,  including  statements  of  the  assets  and  liabilities  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  for 
1899-1901;  orders  for  equipment  and  supplies;  and  family  and  other  personal  matters. 

Letterbook,  LB-067 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  September  1901-March  1902.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Walter  S.  Mallory, 
John  V.  Miller,  and  others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the  planning  and  construction  of  the  Edison 
Portland  Cement  Co.  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  There  are  also  numerous  letters 

concerning  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline  storage  battery  and 
Edison’s  search  in  the  Sudbury  district  of  Ontario  and  other  locations  for  sources  of  nickel  for  his 
battery.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  erection  of  an  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the 
Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  as  well 
as  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  are  also  a  few 
letters  dealing  with  the  domestic  phonograph  business  and  the  defunct  Edison  United  Phonograph 
Co.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  several  letters  to  Kermit 
Roosevelt  regarding  an  exchange  of  autographs  between  Edison  and  Theodore  Roosevelt, 
correspondence  with  Herman  E.  Dick  concerning  Edison's  health  problems,  and  a  letter  to  Thomas 
C.  Martin  about  Edison's  etheric  force  experiments  in  1875. 

Letterbook,  LB-068 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  March  1902-January  1903.  Most  of  the  correspondence 
is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Walters.  Mallory,  John  V.  Miller,  and 
others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the  planning,  construction,  and  financing  of  the  Edison  Portland 
Cement  Co.  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the 
technical  development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery,  arrangements  for  its  manufacture  and 
sale  in  the  United  States  and  Great  Britain,  and  its  use  in  electric  vehicles,  as  well  as  letters 
pertaining  to  the  organization  of  the  Mining  Exploration  Co.  of  New  Jersey  to  finance  Edison's 
search  for  nickel  in  the  Sudbury  district  of  Ontario  and  other  locations.  Also  included  are  letters 
regarding  the  erection  of  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in 
connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  along  with  other  items  pertaining  to 
Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  are  a  few  letters  dealing  with  the  domestic 
phonograph  business  and  with  Edison's  efforts  to  sell  his  stock  in  the  Edison  Gower-Bell 
Telephone  Co.  of  Europe.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  several 
letters  to  Lord  Kelvin  concerning  a  dinner  and  a  tour  of  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 

Letterbook,  LB-069 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  January-October  1903.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is 
by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Walter  S.  Mallory  and  others.  Many 
of  the  items  relate  to  the  construction  and  financing  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  plant  at 
Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  Included  are  references  to  the  fire  at  the  plant  in  March  1 903  that  killed 
eight  workers.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the  technical  and  commercial 
development  of  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in  electric  vehicles,  including  a  series 
of  letters  to  Herman  E.  Dick  regarding  its  possible  foreign  exploitation.  In  addition,  there  are  letters 
pertaining  to  the  Mining  Exploration  Co.  of  New  Jersey;  Edison's  search  for  nickel  in  the  Sudbury 
district  of  Ontario  and  in  other  locations;  and  to  the  organization  of  the  New  Jersey  Patent  Co. 
Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  erection  of  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the 
Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  along 
with  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  are  a  few 
letters  dealing  with  the  domestic  phonograph  business,  as  well  as  a  letter  describing  the 
deleterious  effects  of  x-rays  on  Edison's  laboratory  assistant,  Clarence  Dally.  Among  the  items 
relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  several  letters  concerning  the  sale  of  the  house  at 
Menlo  Park  owned  by  Edison's  oldest  daughter,  Marion  Edison  Oeser;  a  letter  from  Edison  to  the 
town  council  of  West  Orange  protesting  the  granting  of  a  liquor  license;  and  a  list  by  Edison  of  his 
five  "most  important  inventions." 

Letterbook,  LB-070 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  October  1903-July  1904.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is 
by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Walters.  Mallory,  Frederick  P.  Ott,  and 
others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New 
Jersey,  which  began  operation  in  September  1 903.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the 
technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in  electric 
vehicles.  Included  are  a  series  of  letters  to  Herman  E.  Dick  regarding  the  possible  foreign 
exploitation  of  the  storage  battery,  along  with  a  letter  to  John  Jacob  Astor  suggesting  that  he 
invest  in  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  In  addition,  there  are  letters  to  John  V.  Miller  pertaining 
to  the  Mining  Exploration  Co.  of  New  Jersey  and  to  Edison's  search  for  nickel  in  the  Sudbury 
district  of  Ontario  and  in  other  locations.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  erection  of  the  iron 
ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore 
Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  along  with  other  items  relating  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and 
ores.  There  is  a  letter  to  Francis  Arthur  Jones  from  Randolph's  assistant,  John  A.  Boehme, 
delineating  the  organizational  structure  of  the  West  Orange  laboratory  and  a  letter  from  Edison 
to  attorney  Frank  L.  Dyer  giving  him  "sole  and  entire  charge  of  my  patent  work."  A  few  items  refer 
to  the  domestic  phonograph  business,  Edison's  experiments  with  x-rays,  and  his  interest  in 
acquiring  samples  of  radium.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters 
concerning  the  launch  Mina,  purchased  in  February  1902,  and  a  letter  containing  Edison’s 
recollections  of  the  lighting  of  Menlo  Park  in  December  1879. 

Letterbook,  LB-071 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  July  1 904-May  1 905.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by  Mina  Miller  Edison  and  others.  Many  of 
the  items  relate  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  Included  are  references  to  the 
finances  of  the  company  and  to  production  difficulties  at  the  factory  in  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey. 
There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison's 
alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in  electric  vehicles,  and  Edison's  efforts  to  persuade  John 
Jacob  Astor  to  invest  in  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  Also  included  are  letters  to  Sigmund 
Bergmann  and  John  H.  Harjes  regarding  the  organization  of  battery  manufacturing  companies  in 
Great  Britain,  France,  and  Germany,  as  well  as  letters  discussing  technical  difficulties  that  led  to 
the  shutdown  of  the  battery  factory  at  Glen  Ridge,  New  Jersey,  in  the  fall  of  1905.  In  addition, 
there  are  letters  relative  to  Edison’s  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores;  to  employees  and 
former  employees;  and  to  supplies  of  chemicals  and  equipment  for  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 
One  letter  refers  to  Edison's  intention  to  start  a  rubber  factory.  Another  discusses  a  lawsuit  by  the 
American  Graphophone  Co.  against  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to 
family  and  personal  matters  are  letters  concerning  Edison’s  health,  his  election  as  an  honorary 
member  of  the  American  Society  of  Mechanical  Engineers,  his  contributions  to  the  Republican 
party,  and  his  properties  in  Fort  Myers,  Llewellyn  Park,  Menlo  Park,  and  New  York  City. 

Letterbook,  LB-072 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  May-November  1 905.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  a  few  letters  by  Mina  Miller  Edison  and  others. 
Included  is  correspondence  with  field  workers  R.  D.  Casterline,  John  Morris,  and  Horace  M.  Wilson 
regarding  Edison's  search  for  cobalt  ore,  as  well  as  numerous  other  letters  pertaining  to  his 
interest  in  mines  and  ores.  There  are  also  letters  discussing  Edison's  progress  on  his  improved 

alkaline  storage  battery,  his  plans  to  reopen  his  factory  in  Glen  Ridge,  New  Jersey,  and  the 
proposed  organization  of  battery  manufacturing  companies  in  France  and  Germany.  In  addition, 
there  are  items  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  to  Edison's  search 
for  markets  for  his  cement.  Several  letters  addressed  to  Adolph  Melzer  deal  with  Edison's  work 
on  phonographs  and  with  a  lawsuit  by  the  American  Graphophone  Co.  against  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  for  the  infringement  of  patents  granted  to  Thomas  H.  Macdonald.  There  are  also 
letters  regarding  the  New  York  Phonograph  Co.’s  prolonged  legal  actions  against  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.  Some  letters  refer  to  matters  of  employment  and  to  supplies  of  chemicals  and 
equipment  for  the  West  Orange  laboratory.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal 
matters  are  letters  concerning  Edison's  interest  in  automobiles  and  his  automobile  trips;  his 
property  in  Milan,  Ohio;  and  the  loan  of  an  old  phonograph  for  exhibition  at  the  Florida  State  Fair. 

Letterbook,  LB-073 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  November  1 905-April  1 906.  Most  of  the  correspondence 
is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  a  few  letters  by  Mina  Miller  Edison.  Included 
is  correspondence  with  field  workers  R.  D.  Casterline,  John  Morris,  and  Horace  M.  Wilson 
regarding  Edison's  search  for  cobalt  ore,  as  well  as  numerous  other  letters  pertaining  to  his 
interest  in  mines  and  ores.  There  are  also  letters  discussing  Edison's  progress  on  his  improved 
alkaline  storage  battery  and  his  plans  to  reopen  his  factory  in  Glen  Ridge,  New  Jersey.  In  addition, 
there  are  items  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  to  production 
problems  at  the  cement  plant  in  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  Some  letters  refer  to  matters  of 
employment  and  to  supplies  of  chemicals  and  equipment  for  the  West  Orange  laboratory.  One 
letter  deals  with  the  assignment  of  Edison's  phonograph  patents  to  the  New  Jersey  Patent  Co. 
There  are  also  two  letters  from  Edison  to  Josiah  C.  Reiff  mentioning  Edison's  work  on  quadruplex 
telegraphy  during  the  1 870s.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters 
concerning  Edison's  diet  and  sleeping  habits,  his  interest  in  automobiles,  his  railroad  investments, 
repairs  and  improvements  at  Glenmont,  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida. 
Also  included  is  a  letter  to  journalist  Arthur  Brisbane  in  which  Edison  discusses  his  deafness  and 
relates  an  anecdote  from  his  days  as  a  telegraph  operator  in  Louisville,  Kentucky. 

Letterbook,  LB-074 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  April-September  1 906.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  a  few  letters  by  Mina  Miller  Edison.  Many  of  the 
items  relate  to  Edison's  search  for  ores  of  cobalt  and  other  metals.  Included  is  a  letter  mentioning 
his  intent  to  abandon  his  cobalt  search  in  Canada  and  to  construct  mills  to  extract  cobalt  from  the 
manganese  beds  of  the  southern  United  States.  Also  included  are  letters  pertaining  to  Edison's 
automobile  trip  to  the  manganese  belt  in  North  Carolina  and  adjacent  states  in  May  and  June.  In 
addition,  there  are  items  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.;  to  Edison's 
plans  to  construct  concrete  houses;  and  to  his  stock  holdings  in  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate, 
Ltd.,  and  the  Dunderland  Iron  Ore  Co.,  Ltd.  There  are  several  letters  to  Josiah  C.  Reiff  discussing 
Edison's  work  on  quadruplex  telegraphy  during  the  1870s  and  Reiffs  protracted  litigation  over 
related  matters.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  accidental  death  of  Edison's  associate,  A. 
Theo  E.  Wangemann.  Some  of  the  letters  refer  to  supplies  of  chemicals  and  equipment  for  the 
West  Orange  laboratory.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters 
concerning  Edison's  diet;  the  purchase  of  property  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida,  and  Milan,  Ohio;  and  the 
upkeep  of  Edison's  homes  in  Llewellyn  Park  and  Fort  Myers.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  the  Bank 
of  Metropolis  in  which  Edison  declares  his  net  worth  to  be  "over  a  million  dollars." 

Letterbook,  LB-075 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  October  1906-June  1907.  Most  of  the  correspondence 
is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  some  letters  by  Mina  Miller  Edison.  Many  of 
the  items  relate  to  Edison's  search  for  limestone,  cobalt  ore,  and  other  ores.  Also  included  are 
letters  pertaining  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.;  the  operations  of  the  cement 
works  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey;  and  Edison's  progress  on  his  poured  concrete  house.  In 
addition,  there  are  letters  discussing  Edison's  work  on  his  alkaline  storage  battery;  the 
manufacture  of  batteries  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany;  and  ore  concentration 
operations  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling 
Syndicate,  Ltd.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters  concerning 
Edison’s  health;  his  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  at  Fort 
Myers,  Florida;  and  his  donation  of  five  hundred  dollars  to  a  public  school  in  Milan,  Ohio,  for  the 
purchase  of  scientific  apparatus.  Also  included  is  a  letter  regarding  a  loan  of  one  thousand  dollars 
from  Edison  to  his  former  associate,  Edward  H.  Johnson,  as  well  as  a  letter  by  Edison  reminiscing 
about  his  early  years  in  Boston  and  New  York. 

Letterbook,  LB-076 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  July  1907-May  1908.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison,  John  F.  Randolph,  and  Harry  F.  Miller.  There  are  also  some  letters  by  Mina  Miller  Edison. 
Many  of  the  items  relate  to  Edison's  progress  on  the  concrete  house  and  frequent  renewals  of 
notes  for  money  advanced  by  Edison  to  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  Also  included  are  letters 
pertaining  to  Edison's  work  on  his  alkaline  storage  battery;  the  manufacture  of  batteries  by 
Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany;  the  possible  use  of  bismuth  in  the  battery;  and  difficulties 
at  the  ore  processing  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway.  In  addition,  there  is 
correspondence  pertaining  to  the  impending  shutdown  and  attempted  sale  of  the  Darby  Mine  in 
Ontario,  Canada;  a  letter  by  Edison  stating  that  he  has  "nothing  to  do  with  the  reproduction  of 
music  by  the  National  Phonograph  Co.";  and  several  letters  regarding  the  suicide  deaths  of  John 
F.  Randolph,  Edison's  secretary,  and  William  Simpkin,  a  draftsman  for  the  Dunderland  Iron  Ore 
Co.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  the  novelist  Theodore  Dreiser  in  which  Harry  F.  Miller  conveys 
Edison’s  permission  for  an  interview.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters 
are  letters  concerning  a  second  mastoid  operation  on  Edison's  ear  and  his  convalescence;  his 
membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida. 

Letterbook,  LB-077 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  June-September  1908.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is 
by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  relate  to  Edison's  accounts 
with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.  There  are  also  letters  pertaining  to 
the  design  of  molds  and  patterns  for  Edison's  concrete  house;  Edison's  continuing  work  on  his 
alkaline  storage  battery;  the  manufacture  of  batteries  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany; 
and  production  difficulties  at  the  ore  concentration  operations  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway! 
In  addition,  there  are  letters  discussing  a  proposed  audit  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  and 
several  other  Edison  companies;  a  reduction  of  50  to  60  percent  in  the  labor  force  at  the  West 
Orange  factories;  a  plan  to  use  the  phonograph  to  disseminate  the  speeches  of  Republican 
presidential  nominee  William  Howard  Taft;  a  bid  to  provide  cement  in  special  waterproof  bags  for 
the  construction  of  the  Panama  Canal;  and  Edison's  acceptance  of  the  honorary  presidency  of 
the  Electrical  Exhibition  of  1908  in  New  York  City.  There  are  also  two  letters  from  George  A. 

Meister  to  the  novelist  Theodore  Dreiser  regarding  interviews  for  a  proposed  article  about  Edison 
in  the  De//neafor  magazine.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters 
concerning  Edison's  health;  his  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  his  charitable  donations;  and 
the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida. 

Letterbook,  LB-078 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  September  1908-January  1909.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain 
to  Edison's  accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.  There  is  also 
correspondence  regarding  further  improvements  in  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery;  continuing 
production  difficulties  at  the  ore  concentration  operations  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway;  and 
the  manufacture  of  batteries  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany.  Several  letters  detail 
ongoing  progress  in  the  design  of  molds  and  patterns  to  be  used  in  the  construction  of  concrete 
houses,  including  a  letter  to  Charles  J.  Schmelzer  in  which  Edison  describes  his  plan  "to  build 
beautiful  houses  at  such  a  low  cost  that  the  man  who  works  in  the  ditch  can  afford  to  pay  the  rent." 
In  addition,  there  are  letters  concerning  the  production  of  a  railway  vehicle  powered  by  Edison 
storage  batteries;  the  proposed  use  of  Edison's  cement  on  Pennsylvania  state  highways  and  its 
actual  performance  in  several  construction  projects  in  New  York  City;  and  a  request  from  Edison 
to  Colonel  George  W.  Goethals,  chairman  and  chief  engineer  of  the  Panama  Canal,  to  test  twelve 
waterproof  cement  bags.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters 
pertaining  to  Edison's  health  and  diet;  his  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  his  charitable 
donations;  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  Also  included  are  letters 
regarding  Edison's  recollections  of  his  experiments  with  etheric  force  and  the  invention  of  the 
phonograph;  his  opinion  of  talking  films;  his  suggestion  for  a  treatment  of  gout;  and  a  visit  to  the 
laboratory  by  Lord  Northcliffe.  There  is  also  one  letter  to  a  school  principal  in  which  Edison 
discusses  the  function  of  "Broca  cells”  in  the  human  brain  and  their  effect  on  the  human 

Letterbook,  LB-079 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  January-May  1909.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain  to  laboratory  work  and 
supplies  and  to  Edison's  accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co. 
Numerous  letters  defer  business  for  the  duration  of  Edison's  vacation  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  In 
addition,  there  is  correspondence  involving  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland 
region  of  Norway;  improvements  in  Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery;  and  the  manufacture  of 
batteries  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany.  Several  letters  detail  ongoing  progress  in  the 
development  of  Edison's  concrete  house.  Included  is  a  letter  in  which  Harry  F.  Miller  calculates 
the  expected  cost  of  a  six-room  house,  as  well  as  a  letter  in  which  Edison  explains  how  affordable 
housing  can  function  as  a  means  of  social  uplift  for  the  working  class.  There  is  also  a  letter  to 
Horace  F.  Parshall  in  which  Edison  describes  a  storage  battery  being  produced  for  use  in  a 
General  Electric  Co.  streetcar.  Among  the  items  relating  to  personal  matters  are  letters  regarding 
Edison's  family,  health,  finances,  and  charitable  donations.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  William  J. 
Dealy  in  which  Edison  reminisces  about  his  days  as  a  telegraph  operator  in  Memphis,  Tennessee. 

Letterbook,  LB-080 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  May-September  1 909.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain  to  the  business  of  the 
Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  to  Edison’s  accounts  with  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.  Also  included  is 
correspondence  regarding  the  ongoing  manufacture  of  molds  and  patterns  to  be  used  in  the 
construction  of  concrete  houses,  as  well  as  letters  discussing  the  continuing  management  and 
production  difficulties  at  the  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway.  In 
addition,  there  are  letters  concerning  Edison's  work  on  his  alkaline  storage  battery,  including  a 
letter  to  Levi  C.  Weir,  president  of  Adams  Express  Co.,  in  which  Edison  describes  his  new  battery 
as  "an  almost  perfect  instrument"  and  a  letter  to  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  which  he  mentions  the 
testing  of  the  battery  on  the  submarines  of  the  Italian  navy.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and 
personal  matters  are  letters  pertaining  to  Edison's  opinion  on  the  use  of  his  kinetoscope  as  an 
educational  tool  in  schools;  his  acceptance  of  a  position  on  the  Honorary  Committee  of  the 
American  Exposition  in  Berlin,  Germany;  and  his  recollections  of  the  first  central  station  for  electric 
lighting.  In  addition,  there  are  several  letters  involving  the  health  problems  of  Thomas  A.  Edison 

Letterbook,  LB-081 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  September  1909-February  1910.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  relate 
to  laboratory  work  and  supplies  and  to  Edison's  accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 
and  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.  There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  the  resumption  of  production  of 
Edison's  alkaline  storage  battery;  the  manufacture  of  batteries  in  Germany  and  Great  Britain;  and 
ongoing  progress  in  the  development  of  molds  and  patterns  to  be  used  in  the  construction  of  the 
concrete  house.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  J.  A.  Bensel,  president  of  the  New  York  City  Board  of 
Water  Supply,  in  which  Edison  discusses  a  contract  to  supply  cement  for  the  construction  of  part 
of  the  Catskill  aqueduct.  Among  the  items  pertaining  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  letters 
concerning  Edison's  health;  finances;  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  charitable  donations; 
and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  in  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  In  addition,  there  is  correspondence 
involving  Edison's  opinion  of  phrenology;  Charles  Edison’s  entrance  into  the  freshman  class  at  the 
Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology;  and  a  visit  by  a  Chinese  minister. 

Letterbook,  LB-082 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  February-May  1910.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain  to  laboratory  work  and 
supplies  and  to  Edison's  accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co. 
Also  included  is  correspondence  regarding  ongoing  developments  in  the  fabrication  of  molds  and 
patterns  for  use  in  the  construction  of  concrete  houses;  Edison’s  search  for  a  supply  of  bismuth; 
and  the  manufacture  of  his  improved  alkaline  storage  battery.  Several  letters  describe  the 
expected  performance  of  Edison's  battery  on  railway  streetcars.  Among  the  many  items  pertaining 
to  family  and  personal  matters  is  correspondence  relating  to  Edison's  health;  his  membership  in 
clubs  and  societies;  his  charitable  donations;  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  in  Fort  Myers, 
Florida.  In  addition,  there  are  letters  concerning  Edison's  opinion  on  the  prohibition  of  alcohol  and 
his  suggestion  for  extracting  the  juice  of  discarded  oranges,  lemons,  and  grapefruits  for  use  as 
citric  acid,  lemon  oil,  and  "fruit  sugar." 

Letterbook,  LB-083 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  May-August  1910.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by 
Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain  to  cement  construction 
projects;  ongoing  progress  in  the  development  of  molds  and  patterns  for  Edison’s  concrete  house; 
the  manufacture  of  Edison’s  improved  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in  automobiles,  trucks, 
electric  railway  vehicles,  submarines,  and  yachts;  and  the  production  of  batteries  in  Germany. 
Among  the  items  relating  to  personal  and  family  matters  are  letters  regarding  Edison’s  health  and 
finances  and  the  upkeep  of  his  winter  home  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  Also  included  is  a  letter  to  F. 
W.  Keitel  of  the  Farmers  Land  Co.  in  which  Edison  discusses  his  idea  to  provide  irrigation  water 
to  farmers  with  a  series  of  pumps  run  by  small  electric  motors. 

Letterbook,  LB-084 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  August-December  1910.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is 
by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  George  A.  Meister,  and  Ademor  N.  Petit.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain  to 
Edison’s  accounts  with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  J.P.  Morgan  &  Co.;  cement 
construction  projects;  and  ongoing  progress  in  the  manufacture  of  molds  and  patterns  for  use  in 
the  construction  of  Edison's  concrete  house.  There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  the 
production  of  Edison’s  improved  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in  automobiles,  trucks,  electric 
railway  vehicles,  and  submarines.  A  letter  to  investor  Arthur  I.  Clymer  mentions  Edison’s  $1.9 
million  cash  payment  for  stock  in  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  Among  the  items  relating  to 
personal  and  family  matters  are  letters  involving  Edison’s  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  his 
orders  from  Brentano’s  bookstore  in  New  York  City;  his  recollection  of  a  phonograph  recording  of 
Count  Leo  Tolstoy;  and  his  charitable  donations,  including  his  contributions  to  an  anti-cigarette 
movement  and  a  Christmas  fund  for  the  destitute.  Also  included  are  several  items  concerning 
Edison’s  opinions  on  immortality,  spiritualism,  and  organized  religion. 

Letterbook,  LB-085 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  December  1910-March  1911.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  George  A.  Meister.  Many  of  the  letters  pertain 
to  the  manufacture  of  Edison's  improved  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in  automobiles, 
trucks,  railway  vehicles,  and  submarines.  There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  difficulties  in 
production  of  the  storage  battery  by  Sigmund  Bergmann  in  Berlin,  Germany;  an  audit  of  the 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.;  Edison’s  offer  to  sell  the  Lansden  Co.;  and  improvements  in  his 
phonograph.  Other  letters  describe  ongoing  progress  in  the  development  of  molds  and  patterns 
for  use  in  the  construction  of  concrete  houses,  including  a  letter  in  which  Edison  expresses  his 
desire  to  provide  the  working  man  a  home  "on  the  easiest  kind  of  terms."  Among  the  items  relating 
to  personal  and  family  matters  is  correspondence  regarding  Edison’s  attitudes  on  religion, 
immortality,  and  agnosticism;  his  opinion  on  the  "greatest  inventive  problems  facing  the  world"; 
his  remedy  for  his  digestive  problems;  his  membership  in  clubs  and  societies;  and  his  charitable 
donations,  including  a  contribution  to  the  Library  Board  of  Milan,  Ohio. 

Letterbook,  LB-064 

This  letterbook  covers  the  periods  November  1892-August  1894  and 
September  1899-June  1900.  The  correspondence  from  the  early  period  is 
primarily  by  William  S.  Logue,  writing  on  behalf  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing 
Co.,  regarding  the  installation  of  Edison’s  phonoplex  system.  Most  of  the  letters 
from  the  later  period  are  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  They  pertain  to  the 
reopening  of  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  at  Ogden,  New  Jersey;  the 
erection  of  a  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the 
Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.;  plans  for  an  experimental  mill  at  the  Ortiz 
gold  mine  in  Santa  Fe,  New  Mexico;  and  the  construction  of  a  plant  at 
Stewartsville,  New  Jersey,  for  the  manufacture  of  cement.  Also  included  are 
numerous  other  items  relating  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and 
ores,  as  well  as  letters  concerning  the  domestic  and  foreign  phonograph 
business;  the  motion  picture  business;  engines,  dynamos,  and  other  supplies 
and  equipment;  legal  concerns;  Edison's  family,  health,  and  finances;  and  other 
personal  matters.  One  item  pertains  to  Edison's  early  work  on  the  telephone 
and  the  royalties  paid  him  by  the  Western  Union  and  Bell  companies. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Letterbook 
of  Thomas  A.  Edison.  From  Sept  1- 1899  To  June  8th  1900-  Indexed."  There 
is  a  label  on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  684 
numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  20  percent  of  the  book  has  been 


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width  and  and  An  out  l/8  or  less  in  thickness,  also  25  lbs. 

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AU  Sliest  Copper  I  can  buy  is  full  of  impurities  and 
some  have  of  Zinc.  It  wo  ild  be  a  ^  oat  favor  if  you  are  In  a 
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Yours  truly, 


XU'.  A.  A.  cn'vletij 

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99  John  Street,  tW  Y* 

Dear  Mr.  Cowleet 

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wed  my  purpose.  Please  send  me  25  -Up*,  of  elootrolyticftliy  refined 
dopier  in  *haete,  any  ditponoion  will  fl0  R0  t0  wiath  an<1  •L<)n'*t'h  ana 
l/B  of  an  indh  ot*  lace  in  thie*ne«d,  al«P  &  lb®*  of  scale 
oxide  from  your  eleotrolytically  refined  popper.  You  peed  not  pro- 
pure1  the  JifiKa  Superior  eppppr. 

Kindly  have  hill  made  out  in  my  name,  and  thanVint;  you 
very  muoh  for  your  kindneoa,  I  remain, 

Youre  truly, 

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I.  H.  Decker,  Roq. , 
Deckortown,  N. 
Dear  Siri 

S«pt.  16,.  l&M. 

In  reply  to  y our  favor  of  the  let  inet.,  I  be«  tp  efcftt e 
that  I  am  very  eorry  I  can  not  offer  your  .eon-in-law  a  poeition, 
ae  my  laboratory  force  at  the  nronert  time  is  full. 

fours  truly, 

Cl .  CUvi 

N.  P.  Kerr,  floq., 

Canaan  life  Ineuranee  Cm. ton  Ontario,  Osnafla. 

Dear  Sir: 

Sept.  15,  1899. 

In  reply  • 
that  the  I.- eet  place 

fvor  ,R,  sx„.  ul«.,  , 
"  to  the  Massachueet 


Institute  0f 

S apt.  3.6,  1899. 

Wm.  Murray ,  , 

Dickinson,  K,  l 
Dear  Sir; 

lr  reply  ».  j  favor  t-y  9 th  inet.5  I  ba*;  to  afcate 
that  r  think  you  can  obtain  the  M”.o  fr!  ta  of  the  diagram  f»Qm  tfrB 
Woatern  Union  I'c-lacraph  0“,  .  19:-  , '{roadway  ,  Vow  York. 

3.  H.  Hoadley,  Seu.« , 

Prea.  International  Power  Co. , 

149  Broadway,  Mew  York. 

Bear  Sir; 

in  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  Iltli  ins' 
that  I  a  an  not  "ive  you  the  address  of  my  eon  a« 
from  him  in  some  time. 

sept.  15,  1899. 

1  I  ban;  to  state 
iit"> 3  not  hoard 


re  yuly, 

Sflifi.  (X.  S>Uocn^> 

Sept.  27,  1895 

r  of  Sept.  26th.  I  know  nothing  about 
oved  from  59th  St.,  Hew  York,  t.o  20th  £ 
ny  trims actions  that  have  taken  place 

L.  Edison. 

non  should  be  directed  to  my  attorneys, 
,,  ,  51  Nassau  St.,  New  York. 

Yours  very  truly, 

4.  rt . 

R.  ft  Oth  Street, 

I  hen;  to  a  avia  e  you  that  we  received  notio.e  from  the 
Orange  National  Bank  et.ating  that,  they  held  a  draft  drawn  by  you 
on  your  father  for  $40,  and  as  we  have  received  no  notioe  fro®  you 

regard  to  same,  and  ae  we  i 

•  accept  drafts,  we  have  returned 

Youre  truly, 

l  $  (ftoMi&thJL. 



Oct.  7,  1899. 

Ho-ry  F,,  flscj. , 

Pr'-S*  Gal  let so  Company, 

is  William  St.,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  communication  of  0ot.  5th  received.  Our  experiments 
ure  nearly  finished,  A  email  model  of  the  Experimental  Mill 
i  beinc;  made  and  will  be  completed  in  two  weeks.  When  t  am 
fiod  with  it,  I  Shall  bo  ready  to  ahead  with  the  erection 
5  Experimental  Mill  for  shipment  to  Mexico.  Some  of  the 
very  for  use  in  the  mill  is  already  made,  and  is  inolu- 

i  t -vyenso  already  incurred. 

i  >"-n.J  tnat  all  the  points  necessary  to  be  determined  at 
oa‘  '  '  *  'r"rv  rn’l0j;  toller  and  less  expensive,  tna r.  at  first  thought.  My  men  with  mill  and  machinery 
-.1  away  in  !■?  v  than  90  days,  if  we  pan  *ot  the  material 

J.  1  £  4  Mae  on  i  c  'l'  emp  1  e , 

Chicago,  ill. 


I  have  bean  working  on  your  sample  of  Shore  sand,  and  ' 

T  U  Can  b9.*0rked-  1  ***  ^  savin®  of  85  to  90*  could 
twined.  I  have  worked  out  a  process  for  working  the  dry  ■ 

^  “‘C'  °rtU  Vdno  0rant*  Mexico  which  carries  35  cents 
°“bl°  yard.  mill  win  be  erected  next  «««««..  Pour 

c/steam  revels  handle  the  gravel  and  the  amount  worked  per 
b-  *<000  tone;  The  cost  of  the  mill  ie  $500,000. 
i  enouid  not  care  to  ®o  into  the  thin*  without  it  ig 
on  a  scale.  T  should  like  several 

pounds  more 

•  ox  your  carbide  I  have  had  contain  so  large  a  quantity 
f  calcium  phosphide,  that  the  acetyl  ine  gas  explodes  spontaneously 
n  contact  with  the  air,  I  supposed  a  method  of  purifying  it  would 

e  of  interest  to  you,  and  if  I  an  correct, 
ake  the  matter  up  with  vou. 

Wo  1.  Raison,  Req., 

46  R.  59th  Street, 
New  Yorif, 

Dear  Sir  I 

that  you  did  not  receive  check  dated  September  22d  for  $40  and  I 
therefore  ben-  to  enoloee  you  herewith  a  duplicate  check  of  eane 
f'or  like  amount.  If  the  oth  er  check  happens  to  come  to  y0ur  hand, 
'’^urn  same  to  me  as  I  have  stopped  payment. 

Yours  truly, 

V  . 

!>■  i\r  Sir: 

In  reply  h.  your  favor  of  the  50th  ult.,  I  be-?  to  -stats  I  only  worn  3ry  plAcet  BUhfle  wh*P*  there  to  only  onou/rh  -rater 
for  boilers.  Handle  earns  with  Bteam  ttKJVels,  Smallest  toila.  I 
could  make  will  handle  5  or  6000  tons  v«r  flay.  t  work  on  the 
royalty  b  sH.  ■  Your  a  truly. 

'■>  •'  jW 'ilt-Jtllh  Raq«  t 
•u.’e  B.  C. 

Bear  Si:-: 

in  reply  vp.  fo'v' 
tii a x  1  would  advise  you.  'o 
running,  then  if  a  success, 
orobably  bo  done. 

Oc  t.  1?. 

favor  of  the  £.7th  ult.  1  bet  to  state 
ws.ii,  until  1  tet  tno  flew  Mexico  Mill 
you  will.  hear  of  it  and  oomething'  can 

Yours  truly, 

Oct.  13,  1899. 

0.  IVu  Stone,  Req,, 

Jeffrey,  ii. 

Dear  Siri 

tn  reply  to  your  flavor  of  the  18th  ult.,.T  ben:  to  state 
that  the  cylinders  do  hot  magnify  the  sound,  they  only  apparently 
do  so. 

Yours  truly, 



Oct.  13,  1899. 

s.  ,’ioyea,  Ksq. , 

(Cdison  Building,  44  Broad  Street, 
"ew  York. 

hear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  «th  ult. ,  which  has  been 
mislaid,  C  be<5  to  state  that  I.  have  seen  Mr.  Gilmore,  and  he  says 
that  as  a  rule  they  do  not  furnish  bodies  complete  of  the  Concert 
phonograph,  but  in  your  oaee  he  would  be  srlad  to  nftke  an  exception, 

and  furnish  the  box  complete  for  $95.  I  return  you  herewith  letter 
from  Mr.  Yourfl  ^gafL-y, 

'HGV ■ 

Oct.  13,  1899. 

0.  C.  Kgiff ,  ;c»q., 

20  Broad  Street, 
New  York,. 

Bear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  26th  ult.,  r  be^  to  state 
that  T  teetea  the  ore,  and  aoat  all  of  it  will  leach  allri,ht.  The 
eulphide  hae  to  be  heated. 

T  can  not  find  the  Frue-Vanner  Machine. 

Youre  ^truly, 

j'-L  n  /-v  1 

1  ‘-L'-i.LAV-,  $?_ 

„  °ot.  13,  1899. 

%  Mu  Clure,  ffeq., 

141  Bast  25th  St., 

:’ew  York. 

i'ear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  f.vor  of  th.  eth  ul,.,  I  „„  t0 
thot  I  „  not  ye.  reaoy  „  h...  .„nhl„8  fmlUha,  „„  ^  >t 


Youre  truly, 

JntfiQt.  Ijrtuiir. 

V-  foster,  rteq.  , 

Oot.  13,  1899. 

hear  sir: 

[n  r,ply  *°  r0“r  '"O'  "f  sth  mt.,  ,  „„„  t0  ,ttM 
ttot  r  ...  the  fir...  to  ue,  Carbon  Tr.„.„u„P,  motion  Coll 
"4  ■»«.«-  for  telephone  parpo...;  ...  ,h.  „nlon  ^  ^ 

Company  paid  me  a  royalty  for  it  for  17  yeara. 

Yours  truly, 

Milwaukee  i'Qeotrio  Co,, 
296  Heed  fit., 

'  Milwaukee,  V/is« 

Oct.  13,  1899. 


In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  26th  ult.,  I  ben:  to  state 
that  Ivlarkel  is  one  of  the  pioneers  of  the  Rleetric  Lirsht  business. 
■Alien  T  knew  him,  he  was  a  hustler  ana  allriwht,  but  I  have  not  seen 
him  for  years. 


0  (2-Ca/Ljc-t.n 

Oct.  13,  1899. 

tn  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  20th  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
m  abou^  erecting  a  mill  on  the  Ortiz  mine  grant,  Santa  Fe, 
t.  to  handle  'go,  000  tone  of  uncemented  dry  placer  .ravel  per  day 
'  n0t  8611  the  D5aehine-'  There  are  many  maohinee. 

Yours  truly, 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  ult.,  T  bog  to  state 
that  the  process  is  for  working  uncementad  dry  placer  gravel  with 
fine  gold.  The  mill  will  be  erected  on  the  Ortiz  mine  grant  near 
fcanta  Fe,  N.  M. .  You  better  await  the  results  of  the  mill  and  than 
if  successful,  we  can  talk  business. 

Yours  truly. 

Oot.  14,  1899. 

The  Railway  ft  .Tnrjin  serin!*  Review, 

1305  Ma  nhrt  t 1, «  n  Li  Id?., 

Chicago,  Ill. 


f.n  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  15th  ult„,  I  her*  to  state 
that  there  is  very  little  truth  in  any  of  pho  Yaked  interviews.  I 
\  am  ftattin"  ready  to  erect  a  mill  on  the  Ortiz  mine  *rant,  near 

Santa  Ye,  to  work  dry  placers.  The. mill  is  to  handle  20,000  tone 
per  day.  The  assay  value  is  about  35  cents:  there  is  no  water  there, 
Youre  truly, 

St*,  a.  ciu„. 

Benton  :ie  Millin,  K sq., 
Executive  Chamber, 

Nashville,  Tann. 

Oct.  14,  1899. 

Pear  Sir: 

In  roply  to  your  favor  of  the  26th  ult. ,  I  berj  to  state 
that  the  process  is  only  for  dry  placers  in  arid  regions.  I  return 
you  herewith  clipping  ana  letter. 

Youre  truly, 

Yourp  truly, 

%uir  (own'll 

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Nov.  29th, 1899. 

W;i>.  It.  lurks  Man . , 

Ot.h  't.  &  Montgomery  Ave  . , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

My  near  Mark 8- 

T-n  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  inat.,  I  beg  to  Btate 
that  t  a;n  in  t)ie  same  condition  regarding  money  as  yourself.  I  do 
nor.  know  where  to  net  it. 

Yours  truly. 

Dr.  P.8. Erwin, 

Hauch  Chunk,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir* 

in  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  Ihth  Inst.  I  b*«  to  state  that  we 
.found  neither  uranium  or  vaimd iurn  . 

Yours  truly. 


Genl.  Electric  Co., 




Referring  to  our  letter  Of  Nov.  ISth,  in  which  we  requested 
you  to  send  Blue  prints  of  one  of  your  old  style  engines,  we  beg 
to  say  we  have  received  the  prints,  and  thank  you  very  much  for 
sending  them. 

Nonp  of  these  bine  prints  refer  to  piping  of  this  engine, 
and  if  not  troubling;  you  too  much,  we  would  a3k  that  you  send  U8 
information  as  to  j>±pe  connections,  etc. 

Yours  very  truly. 

%\T(  r 

Deo.  nth,  1899, 

J-V-  ,r.,  Baldwin* 

West  Orange, 


Deur  Sir- 

The  property  which  you  hold  under  lease  from  Samuel  V.  Baldwin, 
has  been  purchased  by  me.  Mr.  Baldwin  advises  me  that  you  have  paid 
the  rent  to  Dec.  1st,  1699.  Please  hereafter  pay  the  rent  to  me. 

Your«  very  truly. 

>ok.  now  rr.i ned^r.o  what  for,  and 
he  remainder  separated  so  Hi 
wn  a way,  and  the  ^old  and 
i.xaot  problem  to  be  solved, 
thin<t  sure  I  can  make,  a 
Iron  and  if  done  on  a 
it  can  be  done  cheaply. 

y  truly, 


Dec.  19th,  1899. 

Enclosed  please  find  letter  to  your  steel  casting  concern, 
which  explains  Itself.  These  eastings  are  for  the  hopper  or  the 
Giant  RdllB  at  the  iron  ore  plant,  and  we  are  In  urgent  need  of 
them,  and  t  will  appreciate  anything  that  you  will  do  for  me  to 
hasten  delivery,  The  sooner  1  get  these  castings,  the  sooner  1  can 
give  you  briquettes. 

With  Kindest  regards,  1  am 

Yours  very  truly. 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 



Dec. 21  St ,  1899. 

Electrical  vehicle  Co., 

100  Brbatisray, 

H bit  yortc  City. 


tfill  you  kindly  Inform  }.cr.  Hill  that  the  brake  on  automobile 
ia  seriously  defeat ive,  and  that  his  Engineer  should  come  out  and 
get  our  experience.  Of  course,  we  fix  up  our  trouble  and  it  dont 
bother  ub,  but  I  can  see  thut  in  the  hands  of  laymen  there  will  be 
trouble  unlees  same  changes  are  made. 

yours  very  truly. 


.  i  j.  Coursolles,  Esq., 

p.  0.  Box  1066, 

Ottawa,  dnt. ,  Can. 

Dear  Sir  : 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  very  ftill  and  complete  letter  of 
Dec,  14th,  having  reference  to  the  matter  of  the  condition  of  various 
talking  machine  patents,  including  those  issued  to  myself.  Some  of  my 
associates  and  myself  contemplate  erecting  a  factory  at  Hamilton,  or 
other  suitable  manufacturing  town  in  Canada,  for  the  purpose  of  manu¬ 
facturing  phonographs,  but  from  the  reading  of  your  letter  it  would 
appear  that  there  is  a  doubt  as  to  whether  the  various  Canadian  patents 
that  have  been  issued  to  ms  oou}d  be  utilized  exclusively  or  not,  and 
naturally  your  communication  is,  to  say  the  least,  embarrassing,  if 
the  tacts  are  as  you  indicate,  which  from  the  legal  advice  that  I  have 
h.;a  is  t i  my  mind  doubtful.  In  view  of  the  fact  of  the  contemplated 
Manufacture  mare,  I  am  loth  to  sell  the  patents  that  you  mention  in  your 

in,  ami ,  furthermore,  I  contemplate  taking  out  some  additional 
)  the  phonograph  in  Canada  very  shortly,  covering  improvements, 
:h  Will  enhance  its  value  ve-y  materially.  However,  before 
further  in  the  matter,  I  should  like  to  hear  further  from  you 
,t.joct,  and  should  be  glad  if  you  will  write  me  at  your  earliest 


Jan.  10th,  1900. 

Ji.  Beazley,  Rsq., 

S^o.  liaison  Ore  Mil.Um;  Syndicate  lirr.itecl, 

189  Fleet  Street, 

London,  A,  C. 

Dear  Sir*. 

We  have  now  wot  a  wood  separator,  and  the  cost  o'f< 

■QBSaafk.  -for  capacity  of  2500  tone  in  20  hours  is  within  commercial 
limits.  I  have  mads  a  rou^ij  calculation  as  to  cost  of  a  plant  to 
work  P.500  tons  and  producing  1000  tons  briquettes  ne^  dail^  with 
everything  in  nlace,  with  steam  shovel,  Drills,  but  without 
tracks,  at  $950,  000. 

We  can  deliver  F.  0.  B.  vessels,  «7  to  67  l/e  unit  Bri¬ 
quettes  under  §2  dollars  per  ton,  such  an  ore  is  worth  I  think 
7  1/2  to  8  cents  ner  unit  at  Hamburg,  (its  worth  11  cents  here): 
supposing  freight  to  be  $1.50  leaves  $1.86  net,  or  $558,000  yearly 
net  profit. 

As  far  as  t  can  see,  Mill  of  10,000  tone  Capacity  daily 
would  not  exhaust  the  denosit  in  a  Gentury.  My  only' trouble  now  it 
to  keep  the  phosphorous  down  to  the  Bessemer  limit.  I  hope  soon 
to  »et  over  this.  It  would  never  do  to  heat  several  thousand  tons 

It.  H.  B.  #J, 

oi  Orucio  “f'5  to  effect  separation*  This  would  cost  say  25  cents 
per  ton,  or  $«QQ  per  clay  for  2500  tons  daily  or  $180,000  a  year 
and  the  olant  for  doing  it  would  cost  a9  much  as  n-.y  separator?, 
wt-.ich  do  not  cost  to  run  over  $5000.  yearly. 

You  say  that  you  are  'toinp  to  license  the  New  Castle 
parties;  Well  dont  part  with  if  on  too  easy  terms',  or  -rive  all 
Norway  and  Sweeden  with  it.  This  Dunderland  prooerty  can  oe  made 
to  pay  interest  on  fifty  million  Dollars  if  done  on  a  larks’  scale. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Os  M’  ;  1 1  >vit  Synd-cu  ,,  "La.# 

Jan.  17,  1900. 

In  Ke  Drakensuurg  Iron.  Of  course  **  oouJ  a  work  these 
.3,  bat  -.vl,* r*»  is  ’A ,<s  market  for  ti m  ore.  The  ••■•a  is  no  local 
and  I  do  not  know  if  the  re  is  any  coking  coal;  and  even  if 
:e  both,  is  there  enough  market!  Th*  Haul  to  England  wo uld 
eibitory.  As  for  crushing  Diamond  Matrix,  of  course  we  could 
crush  10,000  tons  daily  down  to  say,  1/2  or  l/4  inch  size, 
ujlci  more  be  no  danger  of  breaking  the  diamonds-;  our  system 
howiver,  reduce  the  breakage  to  a  minimum  if  the  rock  is  a 
.«,  especially  if  it  is  -conglomeratic,  or  one  part  is  softs!- 
lie  other* 

Will  you.  please  make  intjuiries  regarding;  large  deposits 
gi  ,-uit  ore  containing  antimony  in  Portugal. 

T  pnoled  you  Saturday  about  success  of  plan  for  separating 
and.  I  art  surprised  that  I  got  the  phosphorous  so  low,  the 


0.018  phosphor on 

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January  24,1900. 

Piles  Tool  Works  Co.. 

136  Liberty  St . , 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:  — 

We  bey  to  enclose  order  covering  the  tools  purchased  of  you 
yesterday  by  our  Mr.  Mallory.  Price  for  atone  to  be  Six  thousand,  six 
hundred  and  sixty  dollars , {*6 ,600.00)  P.0.3,  factories-  terms  onethird 
cash,  balance  equally  in  sixty  and  ninety  days. 

Please  send  in  all  necessary  information  as  to  speed,  size 

pulleys-  width  belts-  diameter  driven  pulleys  on  machines,  foundation  andbolts ,welgbt ,&0'.  .»  we  my  be  ell  reedy  for  tee  mebine. 

ee  soon  as.reqelvsd.  ®=  depend  upon  yon  to  mice  tbe  deliveries  pro.- 



January  24,1900 

Prentiss  Tool  &  Supply  Co., 

115  Liberty  St., 

Nevf  York  City. 

Lear  Sirs:  — 

We  beg  to  oonfirm  order  for  one  26x14  Fifleld  Engine  lathe, 
and  one  Q  &  C  hack  Saw  given  you  by  Mr.  Mallory  yesterday  at  §745- 
f.o.b.  car  New  York-  both  machines  to  be  shipped  from  stock  at  once. 

Please  send  us  necessary  information  as  to  width  of  belts-speed- 
foundation  plan  and  bolts ,&c.  &c.,  so  we  may  be  ready  for  machine  as 
soon  as  received. 

Yours  very  truly, 

-  of  Norway,  also  a  cal 

are  the  Custom  Ho '2 so  charts  on 
a-'-es  at,  thy  sea  portVor  compulsory 
ut  entrance  of  the  oayV' 
alt  taxes  does  the  proprietor  of  the 
.'..’.out  taxecv  Will  Sn^lish  I.nsur- 
wy  at  lsolat  ed  oolnte  li>o  the 

the  timber  line  exte.ndV  is  there 

sit, all  summery. 

that  Hematite  is  preferable  to 
ov  nhosphoruus  attainable  in 
is  fact  areatly  increases  value  of 
e.ry  little  trouble  in  petting 

t  of  Ma-'rietiteV 

last  report  sent  anci  will  a  6k  some 
o  emimate  of  removin'*  one  yard 

-  nf  t.  serious. 

ivj'.lv  more  and  even  at  American 
.  b  removed  and  the  crude  ton  of 
P.d  cents  ter  ton  of  ore. 

very  truly, 

London  England. 

My  Dear  la  w  re nee: 

I  lave  read  over  the  report  on  the  Dunderland.  While 
th6  maps  nade  by  Swsodish  parties  and  those  last  sent  do  not  agree 
very  well,  I  have  a  somewhat  clear  idea  of  the  situation. 

I  think  that  we  should  pot  attempt  to  utilise  the  water 
power  at  first,  on  account  of  amount  of  fixed  capital  required,  but 
erect  the  first  mill  as  near  the  mine  and  a  dumping  ground  as  will 
t,*u  noesible.  The  typographic  survey  if  correct,  shows  that  this 

can  be  done. 


'  That  wo  should  build  a  Standard  American  gua^e  railway, 

i roiii  the  nay  of  Rene.n  to  the  mine,  manned  by  strong  Amerioan 
locomotives  and  Amerioan  self  dumping  ors  cars. 

That,  we  should  put  the  Briquetting  plant  at  the  Bay 
n-jxv  to  the  shipping  Docks,  for  tho  reason  that  the  fine  concentrate 
can  be  landled  with  lardly  any  expenses.  A  train  with  500  tons  can 
be  loaded  in  one  hour  at  the  mill,  and  unloaded  in  a  few  minute®  at 

u?,000.  II.  la  (So -is  no  t  include  the  flock.  I  cant  estimate  this. 

'i'  mill  and  briquetting  plant  being  all  steel,  will  not 
rn  km  "/a  need  carry  no  insurance  or  fear  for  our  investment. 

1  “  - iiii’.s  te  that  Z, 000  horse  power  will  be  required  and 
!  ■:.  amnia.  will  require  40  tons  of  coal  daily.  The 
eulea  will  have  mo  return  ca rgo  and  will  bring  the  coal  back  • 
•v.ply.  luj  will  sis;.  t..ii  the  eo.-l  is  not  a  serious  item  at 
.fiO  Per  ton.  '  it  would  amount-  to  $4£,0Q0  yearly.  Water  power  can 

me  later,  peri. toe  fur  the  sec'-nd  mill. 

How  the  iu.nortant  question  is  nscxatefl  in  the  report, 
v  many  tons  of  crude  ore  vtll  it  take  to  make  a  ton  of  co.ncen- 
atev  I  can  state  that  exactly  now  as  regards  that  part  of  the 
a  which  is  meetly  Hemiiite.  If  the  assay  in  the  report  is 
greet,  tnen  two  and  two  tenths  ton 
3P.5  in  pj.oHPhoreus. 

»  ii7/S  concentrate  below 

You  wi  1.!  lava  to  wait,  a 
,o  ore  containing  ■  la rg*»  q"cr.'.i 
r. u J e  •  to  secure  t::is  property. 

:  u  t  a '  a  1 .1  v  as  I  believe  ec.t  half 

,ur;  »).-  investment  in  Aflciit  ion 

1  working  right  along  and  will 

.  few  days  before  I  can  report  bn 
.ty  of  magnetite.  I  hope  you  will 
I  consider  it  of -enormous  value, 
of  it  has  been  discovered.  This 
,uif  million  dollars  per  year,  and 
•.  in  twenty  years.  The  other  mills 
it  in  the  Railroad.  I  l.a ye  several 
write  y0u  further  as  we. get 

■suit  e. 

Jan.  31st ,1900. 

Mr .  J .  B .  McDonald , 

Jerome  Park  Reservoir, 

Williamsburg ,N.  Y. 

Dear  Sir  s--  . 

¥a  shipped  to-day  via  freight  at  r.iue.t  of  ».  ¥.1. 
Sander,  a  re-heater  which  he  ha.  arranged  to  hay.  te.ted  on  yonr  air 
lines . 

A.  soon  a.  the  re-heater  1.  received,  plea.,  advle.  u.  and.. 

will  send  our  man  to  Bet  it  up. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Vlahaffey  &  Morrisi 

Harteville,  tnc(. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  ult. ,  I  be>t  to  stai 
wood  is  not  a  uonductor  of  elsotrioity. 

Yours  truly, 

fob.  3,  1900. 

fclsx9,  Rsq., 

SO  Nassau  Street, 

Nov  YorK. 


Ir.  reply  to  your  favor  of  ti.e  19th  ult.,  I  bev;  to  a  tat' 
do  not  thinV  that  t  shall  exlpit  at  t*ie  Paris  te-: 
ter  afore  can  not  crive  any  catalogue  of  any  details. 

Yours  truly, 


Poll,  5th, 1900. 

Tho  Standard  Tool  Co., 

Cleveland,  Ohi  o . 

Gentlemen: — 

We  send  you  by  this  mail  a  small  ring  easting,  the  in¬ 
side  of  which  we  Sish  to  finish  in  an  automatic  maohine  to  1  l/2" 
diameter  with  variation  not  to  exceed  l/2  of  l/lOOO  part  of  an  inch, 
at  a  rate  of  perhaps  100  to  150  per  hour.  The  surface  of  the  ring 
upon  which  cut  is  to  start  is  previously  faced  as  shown.  Can  you 
fund  oh  a  tool  that  will  perform  such  work  at  a  single  operation? 

We  prefer  to  use  a  shell  tool  of  some  kind,  something  after  the  style 
the  groove  chucking  reamer  #124  h.  bf  your  catalogue,  made  to 
fit  on  an  arbor  like  a  shell  reamer,  might  do  the  work. 

JCimlly  give  us  your  advise  ort  the  subject  at  your  earliest 
convenience ,  and  oblige, 

Yours  very  'truly, 

March  3,  1900, 


March  3,"  1900. 


844  Washington  Str 

state  that  Mr.  /'idison  has 

South  and  is  not 

expected  back  for  three  weeks. 

Yours  truly, 


inet.  addressed  to 
f.  Edieon  is  in 



March  29th, 1900. 

Mr.  J.  w.  Hill, 

c/o  Electric  Vehiole  Co., 

100  Broadway, 

New  York  City, 

Bear  Mr.  -Hill:  — 

Youro  of  the  20th  inst.  to  Mr.  Edison  has  been 
awaiting  his  return  from  the  South,  where  he  has  been  for  the  last 
month.  The  Automobile  has  not  been  insured,  but  we  will  have  in¬ 
surance  placed  on  it  at  once,  unless  you  prefer  to  do  it,  in  which 
case  please  send  us  a  bill  for  the  premium. 

Mr.  Edison  and  the  writer  would  both  be  glad  to  see  you  when¬ 
ever  you  find  it  convenient  to  call  on  its  here. 

Yours  very  truly, 


r  .X  .ill 

■  ill  vaad 

alq  9aao 
.  iM 

COH  V9V9 

March  29th.,  1900. 

Dear  Mr.  Xawrence:-- 

Your  favor  of  the  16th  inat.  just  received, 

and  In  reply,  I  have  qahled  you:- 

•MM..  JSurnup;  ...  Bdl.on  at  Moratory,  will  try  s.t  Barn.." 

Whioh  now  beg  to  confirm. 

Mr.  Mlin  returned  front  Florida  ln»t  Saturday  night  and  ha. 

W  wonderfully  Ir.proy.d  by  hi.  T«»tlo».  S.  do.,  not  r«.«b.r 
Mr.  Furman,  but  .ay  do  ..  mb.n  1»  ....  hl».  Mr.  Mdl.on,  of  oour.., 
meat  Ins  .=  many  p.ople,  could  fors.t  a  »»■ 

Mr.  Burn.  1.  at  pr...nt  In  »<n>  »e*ico  and  X  bar.  wrltt.n  bfc» 
fully  to-dw  a.  to  your  wl.h..,  a.blno  him  to  t.l.sraph  »  *».th.r 
b.  M  orranc.  to  go  wltb  Her..  Furman  and  Bumup.  »d  X  undoubted¬ 
ly  will  bay.  tbl.  Information ,  al.o  •»  to  tb.  -»«nt  of  hi.  f, 
whfln  they  dull  on  ».  boro.  »  bay.  no  doubt  but  .bat  w.  can  «— 
that  Mr.  Burn,  will  -ah.  tb.  instigation  »  r.4u.,t.d. 


March  29th, 1900. 

Your  cable — "Kindly  cable  whether  Ogden  Mill 
running.  If  not,  when  definitely  expected.  Also  if  Zinc  Mill 
success.  Mail  full  particulars;  important." — just  received,  and  we 
have  replied--"Zlnc  Mill  been  running  satisfactorily  several  weeks 

section  not  ready.  Ogden 

dll  start  middle  April. 

The  Kill  at  Ogden  is  fully  98/i  ready  for  work.  We 

held  up  waiting  for  some  castings,  which  we  are  having  made  in 
several  places,  and  have  received  over  half  of  them,  and  to  receive 
the  balance  in  the  next  wee k  or  ten  days.  So  unless  something  very 
unexpected  happens,  we  will  be  in  operation  by  the  middle  of  April. 
Everything  is  in  first  class  shape ,  and  we  should  make  a  find  record 

The  Zinc  Mill  haB  been  running  steadily  since  about  early  in 
January;  not  running,  however,  their  Dryer  or  3  High  RoIIb,  they 
also  having  been  delayed  in  the  receipt  of  castings,  whioh  are  very 
hard  to  get  promptly  at  present .  The  Zinc  people  say  that  they  are 
very' much  pleased  with  the  working  of  the  machinery,  and  as  we.  have 
been  unable  to  get  enough  ore  to  the  Mill  to  in  any  way  test  our 
machinery,  this , however ,  due  to  the  laok  of  sufficient  Mining  facili¬ 
ties,  v/hich  they  are  at  present  Increasing. 


March  29th, 1900. 

Mr.  Lawrence  #2. 

IVe  hope  to  he  In  a  position  to  cable  you  within  the'  next  thirty 
flays  that  everything  is  running  very  satisfactorily  at  the  Ogden 
plant . 

Mr.  Edison  joins  me  in  extending  kindest  regards  to  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

irfw  , Bell 

Mr.  Joseph  Lawrence, 

188  Fleet  Street, 


:S  ised 

tJt  darii 
araoo  od 

March  29th, 1900 

Messrs.  McDonald  &  Underdunk, 

Jerome  Park,  Reservoir, 

7/illiaisis'brldge  ,1T.Y. 

Soar  Sirs:-- 

TOion  the  re -heater  was  set  up  at  your  place,  our  Mr. 
Dickerson  purchased  a  lot  of  pipe,  valves, etc.  which  he  used  to  make 
a  by-pass  around  the  re-heater  when  it  was  in  its  first  position. 

We  are  about  to  set  up  the  re-heater  again  and  desire  these  connect¬ 
ions,  and  would  be  obliged  if  you  would  send  them  to  us  via  freight 
at  the  earliest  possible  moment. 

herewith  hand  you  a  copy  of  the  bill  covering  material. 

Yours  very  truly, 

March.  31st,  19 00. 

:e<L  .iM. 

tB  meet 

0V.  t&dt 

. esaaid 
lerfions  ' 
tobio  yfl 

Col/  John  H.  Wood, 

169  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: — 

Will  you  Mindly  get  out  a  policy  of  insurance  on  my  Au¬ 
tomobile;  said  policy  to  he  taken  out  in  the  name  of  the  Electric 
Vehicle  Company,  amount  of  insurance  §3,000.  She  Automobile  is  at 
my  carriage  house  about  two  thirds  of  the  time  and  the  balanoe  of  the 
time  ,  here  at  the  Laboratory  in  a  little  building  I  have  for  it. 
Kindly  have  thiB  policy  written  and  sent  out  at  your  earliest 


Yours  very  truly, 



;ome  of  ir.y  men  and  they  are 


i.eme  of  royalty. 

le  argument  of  lessoned  expenses  due 

that  we  already  have  the  organization  for  other 


purposes,  and  it  eoato  nothing  to 

landize  and  manufacture  the 


over  dead 

3rd*  That  they  do 

do  anything  to  delay  the 


decision  in  re  patent.  They 

decided  one  way  or  the  other- 

-8o  they  know 

they  stand. 

‘lth,  They  call  my  attention  to  relatione  with 

over  the  world,  which  would  be  disturbed  by  <?ivin/5  over  the  bu'ein- 

My  principal  man  has 

off  for  two  weeks  vacation  and 

think  you  better 


event  of 

nngement,  you  will 


disadvantage.  I  do 

royalty  basis 



Yours , 


April  10,  1900. 

In  reoly  to  Mr.  Baous  statement  that  T  agrees  that 

actual  cash  had  received  2Q£,  that  the. division  should 
liaison  and  2/3  to  Roderbush  and  others.  I  would  say 

he  is  quite  m.ietaven,  and  has  entirely  misunderstood  me.  In 

conversation,  we  had,  I  told  him  that  the  above 

I  made  for  th6  Ortiz  Mine 

people  in  New  Mexico,  but  that  in 

;e  Cooln-ardie  scheme,  I- had  to  consult 

and  as  I  wanted 

things  belontincr  to  the  London  Syndicate,  I  couJLd 

any  tenr.s  until  I  saw  you,  and  you  had  arranged  with  the 

md on  Syndicate  to 

ri/^hte.  Mr.  Roderbush  will  'remember  this 

jonversation,  My  impression  is  that  after 

cash  or  founders 

•eceived  20/,  the  balance  of 


will  arrange 


London  Syndicate 

Roderoueh  and 


April  11,  1900. 

very  doubtful  of  the 

'vires  going  over  the 


tighten  olampi 

LI  only  weigh  half  of  present  one, 

sure,  laet  more  than  one  year.  As 

Din ing 

at-or  slower; 


the  extra  load 

3  speed,  does  not  increase  the  total  load  very  mu<ii 
J  very  much  greater  wei-rht  of  the  elevator  than  any 
in  the  buckets  due  to  ore.  If  you  desire  to  need  a  pulley,  decide  on  <about  the  speed,  and 
to  mine  and  Mr.  Her ter  will  try  and  Tind  you  a 
**  loan  you  unt11  >'<>“  things  all  right  again, 
-an  not  spare  you  one  of  our  men,  as  we  are 

but  f  can  a  ccura  you 

olevator  fran-.o  ort,  out  ^  1>W 

on  M  ,r,»r.i'ra»  pat  w 

”  U  ’U1  ri(!Slne  to  do.  U.  / 

Vour-s.  x—>|.  .  -  • 

April  17th, 1900 

fitting  out  Lehman  with  materials  and  full  in- 

it ions  for  the  prospecting  of  Bunder land , 


proposition.  I  want  to  give  you  a  note  of  warning.  The  Company 
over  there  has  very  little  money  left--It  will  require  about  §20,000 
to  make  the  survey  and  pay  Biamond  drilling,  and  this  will  exhaust 
the  money  on  hand.  With  the  survey, I  understand  that  our  Company 
will  form  another  Company,  and  the  new  Company  will  furnish  the 
money  for  Mills  R.R.  and  take  over  the  property,  from  London  Syndi¬ 
cate,  paying  the  London  Syndicate  in  shares  and  cash.  I  suppose 
London  Syndicate  will  get  enough  shares  for  the  property,  and  rights 
to  give  the  London  Syndicate  control. 

I  also  suppose  that  the  oash  money  will  get__preference-  shareB 
and  London  Syndicate  get  Common,  and  all  this  can  he  brought  about 
before  the  §5,000  monthly  payments  will  fall  due  in  July  next.  If  ■ 
this  in  correct ,  the  London  Syndicate  will  not  need  more  than  10 
or  §-16,000  more  money,  If  this  is  so,  I  am  willing, tp  loan  my  pro¬ 
portion  to  the  Company  rather  than  increase  or  tough  the  present 
capitalization.  If  they  lire 'going  to  increase  the  capital  to 
raise  more  money,  it  will  diminish  the  peroentage  of  our  holdings, 
and  I  object  to  this.  I  am  doing  a  lot  of -work,  and  am  seeding  over 

’our  young  men 

■  itucle for  Chemistry.  High  type  boys 

as  experimenters,  commencing  at  $10.00 

work  'i.e  aatiafac- 

ii8  amount  if 

Yours  truly, 

itlal  Buil clin 

Your  favor 


K>n;raph  Company  came  duly  to  hand, 

S tar. e  of  Now  Jersey 


April  2- 

Syndicate,  ltd. 

London,  Rn^land. 


:eived  following 




ely  unintelligible.  Mo  person  from  the  wordin' 

double  price  of  core  hole 

•ely  if  solid  bit 

April  25th.  ,1900 

'  You  need  not  out  any  holes,  as  we  cannot  exactly 
sfine  their  position  except  by  experiment.  The  holes  are  only 
v o  inches  in  diameter  and  we  can  cut  them  when  boiler  is  erected. 

list  of  materials  to  order,  also  foundation  plans, 

small  bb  will  do  for  Firemen 


chimney  of  small  height  will 

i  we  can  go  ahead  with  foundation .  . 
shlng  plant ,  larger  and  better  than  I 


do  much  better 


si  convince 

iltles  better, 




is  enthusiastic  over  <reolo'?y  and 

iroepsctin",  for  me  this  Summer  ii 
i  one*  I  will. pay  him  liberally. 

Vouro  very  trul£. 

Columbia  College, 

iter  bam  Ave, 

:  t  r  oe  t , 



May  2,  1900, 

o£fer  you. 

Your 8  truly, 

...‘  -•a.;;,  ; 

Kay  7th, 1900, 

ist  Company, 

•d  Building, 

Philadelphia , Pa , 

send  me  proxy  covering  the  trust  stooh  deposited 
have  it  at  the  annual  meeting  of  the  K41son 

iland  Cement  Company  on  Monday  next,  ' 

Please  have  proxy  made  to  the  order  of  Walter  S.  Mallory, 

Yours  very  trul; 


May  9,  1900. 

4*,  A,  I‘‘r  iederisttfin,  Esq.  , 

203  E.  114th  St., 


£ti\»  Sir: 

in  reply  to  your  .favor  of  the  8th  inat.,  I  beg  to  state  that  I  j  o-l  <n$  of  -the  International  Bureau  of  Science  &  Invention.  I  con¬ 
sider  tnc-  v.hoic  Thin#  absurd. 

Yours  truly, 

May  9,  1900. 

A,  <1,  Schaefer.  Esq., 

Cincinnati.,  Ohio. 

■r,.  rop3.y  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst. ,  I  beg  to  state  that 
.  . . T.  .,,,  •'Tver; tint)  for  the  relief  of  deaf  persons. 

Yours  truly, 

May  10,  1900. 

.  'iessro.  Ab.lo  &  Willing  Mfg.  Co., 

2290  irfih  Street, 

Philadelphia ,  Pa. 

Beer  Sira: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst.,  I  "beg  to  state  that  I 
i-m.  after  u  flexible  metallic  tube  for  carrying  ore  compressed  to  100  lbs. 
per  square  inch,  and  heated  to  500  degrees  Pair. 

Yours  truly, 

May  10,  1900. 

~&\m>  Theresa  K.  Pepper, 

c/o  Western  Union  Telegraph  Co., 

Salem,  Mass. 

Madam : 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  Sth  inst.,  I  would  advise  you  to 
'.rv  and  sell  the  patent  to  some  large  electric  light  company  like  the  Gen¬ 
eral  Electric  Co.,  of  Schenectady,  N.  Y. 

Yours  truly, 

.w  bi.ewoH 

Your  father  this  morning  received  a  oircular  headed  Internation¬ 
al  Bureau  of  Science  &  Invention,  Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr.  Consulting  Expert. 
He  requested  me  to  write  you  and  state  that  unless  you  got  out  of  this 
thlvq:;,  that  he  would  discontinue .  sending  the  checks. 

besb  anieoloxis 

May  11,  1900. 

ear  Diclcs 

1  herewith,  hand  you  a  report  on  cement  proposition,  as 
my  cable  of  yesterday.  If  there  is.  any  other  information  you 
re  for  the  .Syndicate,  I  will  he  very  glad  to  send  it  to  you. 
Yours  very  truly, 

lied  in  the 


my  handling  the  husinesi 
j  net  profits  of  this 
starting  of  your  Company 

..  that  is,  with  partiou 

Letterbook,  LB-065 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  June  1900-April  1901.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by 
Cloyd  M.  Chapman,  Walter  S.  Mallory,  and  others.  The  letters  relate  to  the 
shutdown  of  Edison's  iron  ore  concentration  plant  at  Ogden,  New  Jersey;  the 
planning  and  construction  of  his  cement  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey;  gold 
mining  and  ore  concentration  operations  at  the  Ortiz  mine  in  Santa  Fe,  New 
Mexico;  and  the  erection  of  an  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland 
region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.  Also 
included  are  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and 
ores,  as  well  as  letters  regarding  the  domestic  and  foreign  phonograph  business, 
Edison's  plans  for  his  storage  battery,  orders  for  equipment  and  supplies,  and 
family  and  other  personal  matters. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Letter  Book 
ofThomasA.  Edison  Personal.  From  June8-1900ToApr11  -1901.  Indexed." 
The  book  contains  500  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  20  percent 
of  the  book  has  been  selected. 

June  15,  1900 



John  V.  Miller,  Esq., 

Dolores,  New  Mexico. • 
Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  2nd  inst.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  I  beg  to  state  that  the  tin  forms  have  been  found  and  shipped 
to  the  Newark  Sheet  Metal  Ware  Co.  on  June  7th,  and  they  were 
instructed  to  send  you  a  credit  memorandum  for  same . 

The  Agent  of  the  Erie  R;  R.  Co.  at  Washington  street 
claims  that  he  has  a  bill  against  the  Galisteo  Company  for  $79.20, 
for  shipment  of  goods  which  you  and  Mr.  Chapman  forwarded  to  New  Mex¬ 
ico.  I  understand  this  is  a  prepayment  on  freight  to  a  place  called 
Streeter. Can  you  not  take  this  matter  up  with  your  Company,  so 
as  to  have  this  account  settled,  as  the  Railroad  Company  holds  the 
agent  responsible  and  he  had  no  right  to  ship  the  goods  prepaid 
without  receiving  the  money. 

Kindly  give  this  your  attention, 
i  the  laboratory  and  the  Phonograph  Works  in 

as  the  man  is  bothering 
regard  to  it. 

Yours  truly, 

June  19,  1900. 

L*  B.  Foley,  Esq.,  Pres., 

Telegraph  Superintendents'  Assooiation, 

Dear  Sir: 

Detroit,  Mich. 

Your  very  kind  invitation  of  June  11th,  to  attend  the  meeting 
of  the  Telegraph  Superintendents'  Assooiation  at  Petoit  on  June  20th, 
came  in  whilst  1  was  away,  hence  the  dei^T  i„  answering  it.  I  am  very 
s-ry  to  say,  however,  that  I  find  it  is  absolutely  impossible  for  me 
to  go  away  at  this  time,  inasmuch  as  my  various  business  interests 
require  my  personal  attention.  I  cannot  refrain  at  this  time,  however, 
from  expressing  my  regret  at  being  unable  to  be  with  you,  as  the  very  ’ 
Pleasant  time  that  I  had  with  your  Association  last  year  has  not  been 
forgotten,  and  I  should  have  very  much  liked  to  have  renewed  the 
acquaintances  formed  at  that  time. 

Trusting  that  the  meeting  will  be  well  attended  and  that  the 
subjects  discussed  will  be  of  mutual  advantage  and  benefit  to  the 
members,  and  wishing  your  Association  every  success,  believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly, 

July  2,  1900. 

C.  A..  Spoffard,  Esq,., 

34  Broad  Street, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Mr. .  Spoffard: 

Your  favor  of  the  27th  ult.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  I  teg  to  enclose  you  herewith  the  paper  executed  as  per 
your  letter  also  my  check  for  $3000.00,  the  same  Being  in  payment 
for  interest  on  note  for  $50,000  from  July  1,  1899  to  July  1,1900. 

I  am  very  glad  to  hear  that  Mr.  Villard  is  improving 
and  I  trust  that  Before  long  he  will  Be  entirely  recovered.  Thanking 
you  very  much  for  renewing  the  note,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

■TflLr  C.. 

July  2,  1900. 

Messrs.  Miller  &  Chapman, 

Dolores,  New  Mexico. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Never  mind  the  Weir  at  Galisteo  River  hut  make  approximate 
measurements  this  Summer.  How  about  the  other  little  Btreams 
around  the  vicinity  of  Mesa. 

Yours  truly, 

July  5,  1900. 

Col.  V.  E.  Stolhrand,  Esq., 

Supt.  Mount  Beacon  Military  Academy, 

Eishkill-on-HudBon,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  have  so  many  enterprises  under  way  at  the  present  time,,  that 
I  do  not  see  my  way  clear  to  let  you  have  the  amount  on  your  note. 

Yours  truly, 

Thos.  Barnes,  Esq., 

July  5,  1900. 

Hamilton,  Ontario, 


Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  ult.,  I  Beg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  manufacture  any  apparatus  for  sale. 

Yours  truly, 

Win.  D.  Wright,  Esq., 

615  Ernest  &  Cranmer  Building, 

Denver,  Colo. 

Eriend  Wright: 

1 fass-i  s^var,* 

2?  f  making  some  money,  as  there  are  undoubtedly  other 
W  sfemn  22®,  ^rid  refions  the  process  can  be  worked^  Ycmr 

boy  seems  to  be  a  good  one,  he  has  the  ear  of  an  Engineer. 

Yours  truly, 

Dear  Sir: 

Louis  Dreyfus,  Esq.., 

73  ICaiserstrasse 

Erankfurt  a.  K.  Germany. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  20th  ult.,  I  Deg  to  state 
that  I  did  not  say  that  I  would  buy  the  patent,  but  said  I  had  use 
for  it  and  believe  I  can  use  a  large  quantity.  The  proper  parties 
to  handle  it  would  be  the  Ingersoll  Sergeant-Drill  Co.  of  Hew  fork. 

Yours  truly, 

July  6,  1900 

U.  S.  Carbon  Co. , 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  30th  ult. ,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  will  have  a  machine  v/orking  at  my  Laboratory  in  about  six 
weeks  whioh  will  produce  finer  material  than  bolting  doth,  and  very 

On  account  of  fine  charaoter  of  your  material,  I  do  not 
think  a  magnetic  separator  can  be  made  that  will  take  iron  out. 

Yours  truly, 

July  19,  1900. 

Mr.  I.  Hall  Jr., 

Sec.  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd., 

7  Amberley  House,  Norfolk  Street, 

London,  W.  C.  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  vat.,  I  Leg  to  state 
that  the  patent  you  speak  of  was  a  cement  patent,  and  doeB  not  come 
under  the  terms  of  the  original  contract.  All  patents  coming  under 
the  contract  will  he  communicated  direct  to  the  Syndicate  as  has 
heen  the  case  heretofore,  those  relating  to  Cement  Improvements, 
which  owing  to  their  character  may  not  come  under  the  contract  I 
will  take  out  direct. 

You  will  he  glad  to  know  that  the  Mills  at  Edison,  N.J. 
are  running  regularly  except  the  Bricking  plant.  Owing  to  the 
recent  panic  in  Iron,  the  furnaces  were  overloaded  with  ore  when 
we  started  up,  so  we  will  not  ship  briquettes  until  their  surplus 
ore  has  heen  worked  down  to  permit  of  their  receiving  briquettes. 

We  are  turning  out  about  300  tons  of  Concentrate  daily  and  stocking 
it . 

As  to  the  costs  of  concentrating,  we  are  keeping  accounts 
and  hope  to  give  you  the  results  in  a  couple  of  months.  We  are  not 
losing  any  money  even  with  our  17  per  cent  crude  ore,  hut  how  much 
we  are  making  is  sin  unknown  quantity.  The  Zinc  Mill  continues  to  run 


July  19,  1900 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Your  favor  of  the  13th  inst.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  I 
"beg  to  return  you  herewith  the  same  and  would  like  to  have  you  let 
me  know  what  meter  these  taxes  are  on.  Kindly  return  the  letter 
with  your  reply  and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  truly. 

H.  E.  Dick,  Esq., 

154  Lake  Street, 
Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

Hr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  forward  you  letter  and  proposed 
contract  from  Frank  1.  RoudebuSh.  Hr.  Edison  says  it  will  be  a  very 
cold  day  when  he  signs  a  contract  like  this.  After  you  have  looked 
it  over  will  you  kindly  return  same,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 


July  19,  1900 

W.  E.  Saunders,  Esq., 

Manager  U.  S.  Carbon  Co., 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  9th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  magnetic  separators  do  not  work  well  with  fine  float  material 
in  the  product.  I  will,  let  you  know  when  the  new  screening  devices 
are  in  operation  at  my  Laboratory. 

Yours  truly. 

July  19,  1900 

Mr.  Thos.  Carmody, 

Springfield,  Vermont. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  can  not  see  how  electricity  can  be  made  to  do  vftiat  you  ask. 

Yours  truly, 

Martin  Schwerin, Esq. 

Mareniseo,  Mich. 
Dear  Sir: 

Aug.  1,  1900 

I  heg  to  enclose  you  herewith  check  to  balance  your 
accounts  which  have  been  received  at  this  office;  I  also  enclose 
you  herewith  $50  to  be  accounted  for.  On  receipt  of  this  letter 
discontinue  work  there  at  present,  and  report  to  me  here  at  Orange, 
N.  J.,  as  X  would  like  to  talk  the  situation  over  with  you. 

Yours  truly, 

Aug.  1,  1900 

Franklin  Couch,  Esq., 

Peekskill,  XT.  J. 

Scar  Sir: 

Your  favor  enclosing  tax  bill  against  the  E.  Y.  Concen¬ 
trating  Forks  came  duly  to  hand,  for  which  accept  my  thanks.  Mr. 
Mallory  appears  to  be  under  the  impression  that  we  can  let  these 
taxes  stand  and  run  no  risk  in  regard  to  the  property  being  sold. 
Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  if  this  is  correct,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

Aug.  1,  1900. 

John  V.  Miller,  Esq., 

Dolores,  Dew  Mexico. 

Dear  Sir: 

a  letter  thi-?  d?y  received,  from  the  agent  of  the  Erie  R.  R. 

freicht  qhwff  +S  ^bou,t  t?e  amount  due  from  the  Galisteo  Co.  on 
the  ^feXic°-  Cal1  not  something  he  done  so  that 

out  Of^is7om1in«v^+thir  5“0unt»  as  the  agent  will  have  to  pay  it 
times  about  1  have  also  written  to  Mr.  Bloodgood  several 

Can  not  some^T^^:o  ?0raiory^i;Lls  which  still  remain  unpaid. 

?  done  t0  stir  these  people  up,  as  I  dislike 

to^ollecttthi«  Mr.  Edison  and  tell  him  that  Ihave  been  unable 
to  i  aa  1  d0  not  know  how  Mr.  Edison  would 

appreciated1^^1113  y°U  CSn  d°  in  this  matter  will  be  very  much 
Yours  truly, 

A.  W.  Harrison,  Esq. , 

15  Toronto  Street, 

Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  21st  ult.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  I  would  like  very  much  to  have  you  send  me  a  sample  of  the 
ore  by  mail.  Be  sure  and  mark  it  so  1  can  tell  where  it  comes  from. 
Yours  truly. 

S.  H.  Kroith,  Esn.  , 

The  Croobyside,  CroBbyaide, 

Caldwell,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  if  at  the  time  Thos.  A.  Edisc 
Jr.  left  your  place,  if  he  took  with  him  his  trunk  or  is  it  still 
at  your  place,  also  kindly  let  me  know  if  he  owes  you  any  money 
and  if  so  kindly  send  me  a  copy  of  the  bill,  and  I  will  get  at  the 
young  man  and  try  and  make  him  pay,  as  there  is  no'  reason  why  he 
should’ nt  hare  paid  it  before. 

Kindly  let  me  hear  from  you  as  soon  as  possible,  and 

greatly  obligf 

Sept.  11,1900. 

W.  S.  Mallory,  Esq., 

Edison,  Sussex  County, 

New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Mallory:  • 

I  Deg  to  advise  you  that  I  "have  received  a  telephone  mes¬ 
sage  for  you  from  Col.  Reiff,  asking  you  to  send  him  a  new  note  for 
$10,000,  dated  July  10th  1900  for  six  months  with  interest,  drawn 
to  the  order  off.  T.  Alexander;  and  I  beg  to  state  that  I  have 
this  day  sent  him  in  your  name  a  renewal  note  for  W.  T.  Alexander 
for  the  above  amount,  also  a  call  for  120  shares  of  New  Jersey  & 

Pa.  Concentrating  Works  Stock  and  asked  him  to  return  the  old  note 
for  like  amount,  which  fell  due  July  10th,  1900. 

Trusting  that  this  meets  with  your  approval,  I  remain, 
Yours  very  truly, 


Sept.  14,  1900, 

Hubert  F.  Jackson,  Esq., 

97  Gresham  Street, 

J,  on  dor- ,  E.  C.,  England. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  29tli  ult . ,  I  "beg  to  state 
that  I  have  had  no  business  relations  with  Col  Gourand  for  a 
number  of  years.  He  does  not  act  for  me  in  any  manner.  Without 
looking  up  the  papers,  I  think  I  am  the  owner  of  about  two  fifths 
of  the  stock  standing  in  Gourand' s  name.  I  would  like  to  Bell  my 
interest  and  the  contract,  which  might  be  of  value  to  the  Company 
in  certain  events. 



Sept.  18,1900. 

■'i-f  &  Amend, . 

211  Third  Ave., 

Hew  York  City. 

Hear  Sirs: 

We  wish  to  reply  to  your  favor  of  Sept.  13th,  wherein  you 
quote  us  price  of  Metallic  Cadmium  in  2  lb.  lots,  $1.30,  and  in 
251b.  lots  $1.20  per  pound. 

In  the  course  of  Mr.  Edison's  experiments  from  now  on, 
he  will  use  Cadmium  in  large  quantities  ordering  it,  when  and  in 
amounts  desired,  and  as  in  our  letter  of  Sept.  11th,  he  v/ished 
your  best  commercial  price  on  the  Cadmium  to  be  ordered  from  time 
to  time. 

He  also  wished  us  to  inform  you  that  he  has  formerly, 
and  is  still:  able  to  purchase  it  in  one  and  two  pound  lots  at  a 
much  better  figure  than  you  quote  us  on  25  lb.  lots. 

Will  you  kindly  look  into  this  and  let  us  know  if  there 
is  nr.:  j-e  error  in  your  figures.  An  early  reply  will  oblige, 
Yours  truly, 

Sept. 19,  1900. 

Earl  B.  Reed,  Esq., 

Hubbardsville ,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  15th  inst.,  I  beg  to  Btate 
that  the  people  around  your  town  were  very  sensible  when  they  would 
not  believe  when  you  told  them  that  I  put  up  an  electric  star,  for 
I  never  put  up  an  electric  star  in  all  my  life  and  never  knew  of 
one  being  put  up.  The  articles  written  in  the  Newspapers  about  this 
star  is  all  a  fake. 

Yours  truly, 

Messrs.  Freund  Bros  &  Co., 
478  Third  Ave.,  _ 
Hew  York. 

Bear  Sirs: 

Sept.  27,1900. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  22nd  inat.,  I  beg  to  Btate 
that  at  present  I  do  not  know  the  address  of  Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison  Jr. 
but  if  I  hear  from  him  I  will  let  you  know  at' the  earliest  possible 

Yours  truly, 

Sept. 27, 1900. 

0.  L.  Sadler,  Esq., 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  21st  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 

that  th 

will  be 

trouble  about  Boarding  House. 
Yours  truly , 


Sept. 27,  1900. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr., 

Hotel  Roland,  59th  Street, 

New  York. 

Dear  Tom: 

I  heg  to  advise  you  that  your  father  has_ found  out  that 
you  had  a  check  cashed  hy  Messrs.  Ereund  Bros.  &  Co.,  drawn  to  the 
order  of  the  hearer  and  signed  hy  you  for  $10.  The  check  was  sent 
through  the  hank  for  collection  and  came  hack  marked  no  funds. 

Vftien  you  get  your  check  from  me  on  Saturday  go  and  pay 
this  check  and  send  it  out  to  me  so  I  can  show  it  to  your  father, 
for  I  have  instructions'  not  to  send  you  any  more  money  until  it 
is  paid,  and  your  father  told  me  that  if  this  happens  again  to 
stop  sending  you  any  more  money,  so  that  if  you  do  this  again  and 
your  check  does  not  come  there  will  he  no  reason  for  you  to  write 
me  asking  why  I  do  not  send  your  check,  as  you  will  know  the  reason. 

Yours  truly, 

Oct.  2,  1900. 

Messrs.  Miller  &  Chapman, 


Mew  Mexico. 

Dear  Sirs: 

I  can  not  understand  why  the  shafts  were  located  so 
close  together.  If  the  prospecting  was  to  "be  carried  on  with  shafts 
as  shown,  it  would  require  five  years  and  a  fortune  besides.  I 
think  if  I  remember  right  I  spoke  of  the  proper  plan  in  my  letter  . 
of  instructions.  If  Mr.  Burns  put  these  shafts  down,  he  has  made 
the  same  mistake  as  was  made  at  Stewart eville . 

The  proper  method  it  to  locate  a  3haft  in  each  square 
at  such  a  limit  to  the  area  as  may  be  determined  upon;  then  go 
out  to  the  outer  Limit  and  sample  four  shafts  north,  Sout,  East 
and  West;  then  skip  a  square  all  around  and  sink  four  more  squares,  . 
and  so  on,  thus  with  a  few  shafts  you  will  have  determined  roughly 
the  area  of  good  gravel.  Thus  (See  sketch  attached. J 

What  is  the  next  shaft  you  are  working  on.  Please  keep 
me  informed  each  week  of  progress,  and  if  new  shaft  is  running 
richer  or  poorer.  Mr.  Hoyt  comes  out  quite  often  and  1  can  give 
him  no  newB  which  is  embarassing.  I  spoke  to  him  about  an  asBayer 
and  tried  to  get  one  here  but  did'nt  succeed.  He  says  you  can  get 
one  locally  to  help  you  out.  I  do  not  see  the  need  of  bo  many 


What  is  the  matter  with  assaying  the  panning  Concentrate 
from  tailings,  that  will  give  loss  in  tails;  then  devide  all  the 
Concentrate  in  four  sizes  and  assays.  This  gives  five  assays  to 
a  hole.  All  we  want  to  know  is  the  size  of  the  gold.  Everything 
below  fifty  thousandths  being  in  one  assay  and  the  balance  in  tW^ 
other  lots;  When  we  have  got  a  dozen  holes  and  made  a  general 
prospect  of  the  property,  and  know  that  the  gravel  is  rich  enough 
to  work,  whioh  is  the  only  doubtful  point  just  now,  we  can  make 
further  assays  at  leisure  as  you  oan  save  the  whole  of  the  Concen¬ 
trates  separately  as  to  sizes  for  future  assays.  The  three  assays 
assays  being  made  by  taking  a  proportionate  amount. by  weight  from 
each  size.  This  will  permit  you  to  go  ahead  rapidly  and  not  require 
the  hiring  of  another  assayer.  Remember  that  what  1b  important  now 
is  to  know  the  area  of  good  gravel  and  its  richness,  and  secondly 
the  approximate  sizes  of  the  gold.  The  last  can  be  done  in  the 
future.  The  first  should  be  done  now  and  done  quickly. 

X  wish  to  say  this  that  you  are  both  to  agree  where  you 
want  the  holes  and  request  Mr.  Burns  to  sink  them  as  you  want  them 
and  in  the  manner  you  want  them.  Mr.  Burns  is  not  to  decide  the 
location,  but  yourselves,  of  course  you  are  to  ask  hiB  advice  and 
if  good  act  on  it,  but  if  you  do  not  think  it  good  dont  act  on  it 
but  follow  your  own  judgement. 

I  "beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  four  months  note  for 
§2000  dated  Oct.  11th  ,  1900,  also  my  check  for  §40,  being  four 
months  interest  on  the  above  note.  The  same  is  to  replace  my 
note  for  §2000  which  falls  due  on  the  l§th  .  I  expected  at 

this  time  to  reduce  this  note,  but  as  I  have  been  compelled  to 
close  down  the  largest  part  of  my  plant  at  Edison,  IT.  J .  on  account 
of  not  being  able  to  get  orders,  I  would  much  prefer  to  renew  the 
full  amount. 

'.Yill  you  kindly  return  the  old  note,  and  thanking  you 
very  much  for  your  kindness,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

Oct. 15,  1900. 

S.  Bergnan,  Esq. , 

c/o  General  Incandescent  Arc  Light  Co., 

578  First  Are., 

New  York. 

My  Dear  Bergman: 

Your  favor  of  the  13th  in3t.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  I  Peg  to  state  that  I  will  sell  my  place  at  Fort  Myers,  Fla. 
for  §12,000  cash.  This  price  includes  everything  except  machinery 
in  '  laboratory. 

Thanking  you  for  calling  my  attention  to  same,  I  remain, 
Yours  truly. 

Oct.  la,  1000. 

Edwin  Reynolds,  Esq. 

2nd  Vice  President  She  Edw.  P.  Allis  Co., 

Milwaukee,  Wis. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  Oct.  1st  received.  I  thank  you  very  much  for 
looking  into  the  matter  of  the  Engines  it  has  taken  a  load  off  my 
mind.  I  do  not  wonder  that  you  are  overwhelmed  with  orders. 

'faking  everything  into  consideration,  I  selected  yours  as  the  most 
practical  and  commercial  Engine  built  and  I  hope  to  use  a  great 
many  of  them.  What  I  should  like  to  see  in  this  Country  is  a  large 
v«.  .ks  devoted  exclusively  to  the  building  of  Standardized  Engines 
f i  jin  100  to  10,000  Horse  Power,  made  in  quantities  and  kept  in 
stock.  Anybody  that  wanted  special  changes  or  something  different 
could  buy  of  sor>  other  maker. 

I  think  the  future  of  power  will  be  large  Engines  and 
+’as  distribution  bv  E’ not  o  Motors.  You  and  I  ought  to  be  about 
30  years  of  age,. 


a.  fijeoen  / 

October  2-ith,lSUc 

Chester  Ti.  Baird  ,Esa . , 

Bullitt  Building, 

Bear  Sirj- 

X  herewith  send  you  by  Mr.  Mallory,  your  note  of  July  30tl 
“  day3’  S10,°00;  alS°  °ne  S^^er  3th ,  due  November  10th,  for 

’  making  -  total  of  §17,000,  for  which  you  gave  Mr.  Mallory  new 
-tee  of  57,000.,  §5,000.,  §3,000.  and  §2,0oo.  as  per  receipt  of 
October  23rd. 

I  have  also  forwarded  to-day  to  Ji.  o.  Hiller  *  Co»p„y, 

r°r  "0t°“  ,:“M  4"S“t  »•*  ror  *.«»  M  §5,000  respectively,  ,„d 
eauestc-  -;.en  to  turn  f  osc  notes  over  to  you.  These  two 
notes  are  sent  in  accordance  with  your  letter  of  October  19th,  to 
^  ■  3ei!  01  the  Ptlieon  Phonograph  bonds 

at  It/,  ot  their  par  vain.,  whloh  together  with  ehooh  for  $3, coo 

received  from  E.  c  wiip,.  o. 

“■  Co-  ill£*es  a  total  of  $12,000, 

Vill  you  kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  these  notes  as 
soon  as  they  ara  received. 


October  24th, 1000, 

On  demand  note  for  $7,500.  secured  by  twelve  Edison 
bonds,  1  am  willing  to  ;;ive  Kr .  Villard  until  January  1, 
irciae  the  option  to  purchase  the  ten  bonds  at  75^  of  the! 

Yours  very  truly- — ~ 


34  Broad  Street, 


In  reply  to  youi’  favor  of  the  20th  Inst.,  I  "beg  to  state 
iat  I  expe» '•  I#  l.a  at  Orange  every  day,  hut  before  coining  over 
'.VO”' r;  o.:!.v“  you  :.o  call  up  on  the  telephone  so  as  to  he  sure 
am  .  re  .  Yours  truly,' 

I  beg  to  advise  you  that  my  account  against  the  Galisteo 
Co.  amounting  to  #1863.891*8  been  running  a  long  time,  and  I 
would  appreciate  it  very  much  if  you  would  kindly  send  me  a  check 
for  same  by  return  mail,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

American  Malting  Co . , 

••'•3rd  &  64th  Street, East  Eiver, 

Few  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yours  received.  I  do  not  think  the  house  and  grounds 

could  be  duplicated  for  less  than  §12000,  so  that  is  the  price  I 

put  on  it.  I  know  of  no  place  in  the  XJ.  S.  for  a  short  winter 
stay  than  llyers,  and  as  I  am  getting  old  and  intend  going  there 
more  to  spend  the  winter,  I  am  naturally  not  anxious  to  sell  even  at' 

Oct.  29,  1900. 

Henry  R.  Hoyt,  Esq., 

11  William  Street, 

snart  16  1.29  cents  per  ton. 

Shaft  17  0.291  cents  per  ton 

13  1.62  cents  per  ton. 

My  men  have  let  their  holes  out  hy  Contract  which  they  say  is 
twice  as  cheap  as  the  day  labor  method.  Thay  also  state  that  they 
definitely  located  the  limits  of  the  probable  auriferous  area  with 
the  advise  of  Mr.  Burns  as  previously  reported,  and  they  sunk  shaft 
17  well  within  the  limits  and  say  that  Mr.  Burns  now  claims  it  is 
not  within  the  limits,  and  also  that  Mr.  Burns  states  that  you  are 
very  much  dissatisfied  with  their  work,  all  which  goes  to  show  that 
there  is  considerable  friction  between  them.  1  think  you  should 
now  decide  what  is  to  be  done,  4s  far  as  the  Milling  of  the  gravel 
goes/that  is  proved  with  the  Probably  that  10  cents  per  ton  aver- 

.  give  a  handsome  profit. 

Now  the  question  is  how  much  gravel  ii 

'  better.  X  know  of  uu  way  no  una  xnav 

J  out  except 

i  the  outskirts  and  gradually  come  towards  the 

ivej.  ib  Xfc.Qre  which  will 
way  to  find  thav  „  + 

#,H.  H.  H. 

the  know  n  rich  area.  You  have  got  to  have  a  starting  line  some¬ 
where.  Burns  evidently  wants  to  keep  right  in  the  heart  of  the 
mesa,  sink  a  lot  of  holeB  in  a  small  area,  enthuse  over  the  richness 
and  as sum : the  rest  is  rich  also.  It  is  for  you  to  decide  what  you 
want  done.  I  Should  not  "be  asked  to  do  that. 

Yours  very  truly, 


n  William  Street, 

Hew  York. 

Tteo.r  Sir: 

I  think  that  Lawson  should  com,  out  and  talk  over  .haft, 
tf  idoa  of  going  t0  probable  ltolt,  „  area  aM  >JMt  foop  hoieo 
North,  south,  tat  and  tat  was  ,h,t  one.  for  ail  we  „uia  teo. 
th.  how,d„i.s,  and  possibly  we  might  atriks  an  or,  ohann.l,  a. 

four  holts  would  diminish  tho  are.  more  than  ons  half.  With 
12  holes  ..  oould  narrow  th.  area  down  very  el.aely  and  then  a  few 
more  hole,  would  clearly  define  th.  rich  area.  Killer  *  Chapman 
knew  all  about  my  method  of  contracting  out  hole,  a,  practised  in 
cement  prospecting,  „a  had  they  been  in  charge  at  first,  all  the 
necessary  hole,  would  doubtlessly  been  sunk  for  th.  mon.y  ewa,d 
■by  Burns  on  the  present  holes. 



Nov.  3,  1900. 

Geo.  H.  Day,  Esq., 

100  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Dear  Sir; 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  ult,,  I  fceg  to  state 
that  I  have  a  small  Experimental  Mill  on  the  Ortiz  Grant  near 
Santa  Ee  now  working  its  dry  process  and  has  proved  successful, 
saving  92  l/2^  of  the  go4.d  in  the  placer.  The  parties  are  now 
sinking  holes  to  determine  the  extent  of  the  deposit  with  a  view 
of  erecting  a  large  Mill  with  four  large  steam  shovels  to  handle 
the  gravel.  If  your  gravel  is  not  cement,  the  process  will  work 
it  all  right  on  a  large  scale.  The  Ortiz  gravel  runs  about  30 
cents  per  Cubic  Yard. 

Yours  truly, 

Nov.  8,  1900. 

Mrs.  W.  L.  Edison, 

Hotel  Roland,  59th  St. 
Hew  Yorlc. 

Dear  Mrs.  Edison: 

I  heG  to  enclose  you  herewith  check  for  $12.75,  the  same 
Deing  in  payment  for  hill  of  Walker,  Gorden  laboratory  Co.  for 
milk.  I  also  enclose  you  herewith  hill  from  Beley. B  Pharmacy  which 
was  sent  to  me  hy  Mr.  Svoboda.  Will  you  kindly  look  over  this 

Mil  and  see  if  all  the  items  are  correct  and  if  so  return  same  to 
me  and  I  will  send  you  a  check  for  it. 

You  will  notice  on  the  first  page  of  the  hill  that  I  have 
found  a  mistake  of  $1  in  addition  which  makes  the  total  of  this 
hill  $29.96  instead  of  $30.66  as  rendered.  I  think  before  you 
return  the  hill  to  me  it  would  he  a  good  idea  to  show  them  their 
mistake  in  addition. 

Trusting  that  both  you  and  your  husband  are  getting 
along  nicely,  I  remain, 



Yours  truly, 

Messrs.  Hanning,  Maxwell  &  Moore,  ■ 

89  Liberty  Street, 

Mew  York. 

Dear  Sirs: 

We  have  still  been  unable  to  sell  the  stock  of  iron  ore 
briquettes  we  have  on  hand  at  our  plant  at  Edison,.  IT.  J.  aa  we 
had  expected  to  do,  and  prospects  are  not  very  favorable  for  sales 
until  the  very  large  stock  of  iron  ore  at  the  Eastern  furnaces  have 
been  used  up.  It  will  therefore  be  quite  an  accomodation  if  you 
will  permit  me  to  pay  25^  of  the  note  due  Nov.  23rd  1900,  $886.98 
and  renew  the  balance  for  three  months  with  interest. 

Trusting  you  will  accomodate  me,  and  thanking  you  very 
much  for  past  favors,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 


Nov.  15,  1900. 

S.  C- .  Burn,  Esq., 

Dolores,  ITew  Mexico. 

Dear  Mr.  Burn: 

Is  there  anything  the  matter  with  the  Laboratory  bills? 
Some  time  ago  we  made  out  duplicates  as  per  your  request  and  for¬ 
warded  them  to  you,  and  you  wrote  and  told  me  that  the  bills  had 
n  sent  to  the  Mew  York  office  and  they  would  mail  us  a  check 
direct.  After  waiting  a  long  time,  I  wrote  to  the  Teasurer  of  the 
Company  at  Maw  York,  but  up  to  the  present  time  I  have  not  received 
h  nor  a  reply,  if  you  oan  do  anjrthing  to  have  these  bills 
Paid,  I.  would  like  it  very  much,  as  I  do  not  care  to  go  to  Mr. 

Edison  and  inform  him  that  I  haw 

1  ha  re  been  unable  to  get  this  account 


Everything  up  here  is  running  along  pretty  lively.  We 
have  at  the  laboratory  about  150  men  and  Mr.  C-ilmore  has  at  his 
Place  about  1100.  and  has  just  about  all  the  work  that  he  can  turn  ' 
out,  with  the  prospects  of  being  busy  for  a  good  while  to  come. 

VMth  kind  regards  to  all,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 






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Nov.  20,  1900. 

J.  H.  Block,  Esq., 

O/o  The  .T.  Block  Co., 

Moscow,  Russia. 

My  dear  Sir: 

I  duly  received  your  favor  of  the  19th  of  September,  but 
I  have  been  away  so  much  recently  and  have  had  so  many  other  things  to 
look  after  that  I  have  not  had  an  opportunity  to  take  up  with  my  Manager 
the  question  of  the  arrangement  with  Mr.  Stevens  and  yourself.  For 
some  little  time  past  my  people  have  been  thinking  of  taking  over  and 
pushing  the  foreign  end  of  the  business  themselves,  and  to  this  end 
arrangements  have  been  made  whereby  after  the  first  of  December  the 
business  will  be  handled  by  the  National  Phonograph  Co. 

Of  course  I  am  not  familiar  with  the  methods  heretofore  pursued  by 
Mr.  Stevens,  but  in  view  of  the  fact  that  this  business  will  shortly 
be  turned  over  and  be  handled  by  the  Company  direct  I  think  that  more 
satisfaction  will  naturally  ensue.  I  would  say,  however,  that  it  is 
the  intention  to  have  Mr.  Stevens  manage  the  foreign  end  of  the  business, 
but  at  the  same  time,  it  will  be  done  under  the  supervision  of  people 
close  to  myself,  so  that  I  will  be  more  or  less  in  touch  with  what  is 
going  on.  Of  course,  as  you  are  doubtless  aware,  I  give  no  time  or 
attention  to  the  personel  or  details  of  the  business,  leaving  that  to 
others,  but  X  am  familiar  with  the  general  situation,  and  X  can  only 
hope  and  trust  that  the  new 

arrangements  will  inure  to  the  mutual 

J.  H.  Block. 




benefit  of  both  your  Company  and  my  Company. 

Trusting  that  this  finds  you  enjoying  your  usual,  good  health, 
and  with  kind  regards,  believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly, 


A.  C.  Davis,  Esq., 

361-65th  Street, West, 
Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

Nov. 22, 1900. 

I  beg  to  return  you  herewith  your  drawings  and  description 
received  with  your  letter  of  the  14th  inst.,  and  beg  to  state  that 
my  time  is  so  fully  occupied  with  my  own  inventions,  that  I  have 
no  chance  to  take  up  anything  outside. 

Yours  truly, 


Nov.  23,  1900. 

ttenry  B.  Ktamel,  Esq., 

Assistant  State  Geologist, 

Trenton,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  tlie  20th  Inst.,  I  heE  to  state 
that  I  have  several  hundred  assays  of  Cement  No  ole  and  Limestone 
in  Pennsylvania  and  New  Jersey,  all  varying  in  every  conceivable 
manner.  The  Cement  Rock  at  Stewartsville  has  about  the  same  assay 
as  that  of  the  Vulcanite  Works.  The  Limestone  is  about  95  to  96 
Carbonate  Lime.  You  can  come  up  and  consult  the  record  book  any 
time . 






Not. 27,1900. 

Mr.  P.  H.  Pollen,  Manager, 

Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd., 

7  Amberley  House, 

Norfolk  Street, 

London,  W.  C.,  England. 

Dear  Sir; 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  14th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  -should  you  send  an  Engineer,  send  only  a  practical  Mechanical 
Engineer  v/ho  is  familiar  with  machinery  and  steel  building  construc¬ 
tion.  Do  not  care  if  he  knows  anything  about  electricity  and  do 
not  appoint  him  Engineer,  but  merely  Inspecting  Engineer.  We 
shall  probably  have  to  use  American  Engineers  for  erection  and  a 
great  deal  of  construction- we  can  contract  out.  I  want  to  say  that 
this  Winter  I  am  reconstructing  the  Mill  at  Edison,  putting  all 
the  machinery  on  stone  and  changing  the  wood  to  steel  construction. 
We  found  it  impossible  to  work  crushing  machinery  on  wood. 

We  shall  not  be  able  to  start  up  until  Spring.  Mr. 

Mallory  has  been  away  on  a  vacation  and  on  his  return  (Dec.l)  will 
give  you  the  figures  of  our  run  at  Edison. 

Yours  truly, 


.Dec. 3, 1900. 

Laura  L.  Deacon, 

216  East  Broad  Street, 

Burlington,  N.  J. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  26th  ult.,  I  heg  to  state  that 
the  first  words  spoken  in  the  phonograph  were:  "Mary  had  a  little 
lamb  its  fleece  were  white  as  snow,  and  every  where  that  Mary  went 
the  lamb  was  sure  to  go" 

Yours  truly, 

Win.  J.  Galligher,  Esq. , 
46  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Dec.  3,  1900. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  never  authorized  my  son  to  draw  a  draft  on  me  and  therefore 
I  refuse  to  pay  same,  and  you  must  look  to  him  for  the  money. 

Yours  truly, 

Dec.  5,  1900. 



X  K  I 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr.,  Eaq. 
c/o  Case  &  Newkirk, 

35  Nassau  Street, 

New  York. 

hear  Kir: 

.four  father  requested  me  to  write  and  ask  you  why  it  is 
t“at  ’,C>U  sti11  continue  giving  checks  v/hen  you  have  no  money  iq,  the 
hank  and  also  drawing  drafts.  Until  X  receive  a  reply  to  this 
letter,  giving  me  the  reason  why  you  have  been  doing  this  so  I 
can  show  it  to  your  father,  I  am.  authorised  to  stop  sending  you  any 
more  checks,  so  the  sooner  you  send  the  information  the  sooner  you 
will  receive  your  check. 


Wm.  Dirwidd.Lf 

December  6,1900, 

The  A.  It,  Mining  Company, 


Dear  Sira? " 

Replying  to  y  our  is ,  beg  to  state  that  »e  are  not  as  yet 
ready  to  take  «p  the  question  of  selling  the  new  device  tot  Re¬ 
heating  con^ressed  air  ,  but  Hope  to  have  it  on  the  market  in  the 
near  future,  at  which  time  nfe  will  write  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Dec.  7,  1900. 

December  8th ,1900. 

Dear  Mr.  Darlings 

Mr.  Edison  has  a  use  for  Metallic  -Cadmium,  and  in 
Wmn s  in^y  ?rom  the  Hew  Jersey  Zinc  Company  as  to  the  Amount  of 
it  available,  We  learn  that  there  -is  only  a  small  percent  of  It  t? 
be  1184  in  the  1110 tal lie  zino,  and  they  suggest  that  Professor  Kemp, 
of  Columbia  College,  would  probably  be  able  to  tell  us  whether  there 
is  any  ore  in  this  Country  carrying  any  quantity  of  cadmium.  If 
so,  w6  no  doubt ,  could  arrange  to  hare  this  ore  smelted  by  itself 
and  in  this  way,  save  the  cadmium. 

Will  you  please  take  this  matter  up  for  Mr.  Edison 
and  learn  what  yod  tan  about  ores  containing  cadmium.  We  know  that 
there  is  only  a,  very  small  amount  of  it  produced  now  and  could 
use  probably  several  hundred  tons  *  year,  ft  it  was  available. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  fpr  your  trouble  in  the 

natter,  I  am 

Yours  very  truly, 

Hr.  E.  A.  Darling,  M.  E.,  ■  v-  ,-.A^ 

Stewartsvilie , 


Dec.  10,1900 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr,,  Esq., 
o/o  Case  &  Newkirk, 

35  Nassau  Street, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  8th  inst.  oame  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  J  beg  to  state  that  I  do  not  see  what  the  public  has  got  to 
do  with  your  affairs  and  I  would  advise  you  to  keep  everything 
out  of  the  Press,  as  I  can  not  see  that  it  would  do  any  good. 
Yours  truly,  y1' 

'•  •  S'-  ■ 

-  -  1/ 

Dec.  10,1900. 

James  H.  White,  Esq., 

Northern  Pacific  Freight  House, 

Minneapolis,  Minn. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  25th  ult.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  1  beg  to  state  that  I  have  always  made  it  a  rule  never  to 
pass  an  opinion  on  other  peoples  inventions.  I  therefore  return 
you  herewith  your  drawing  and  specification. 



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December  11,1900. 

15y  dear  Mr.  Shalmerdine:- 

Xn  regard  to  the  -beet  of  the  Cement  Burner ,  it  is 
ready  to  run;  the  "gun"  for  throwing  the  fine  coal  into  the  Buhner 
was  first  made  to  operate  by  hand  and  was  successful ,  and  is  now 
being  made  to  run  by  paver  and  will  soon  be  completed. 

We  are  not  well  fixed  here  to  crush  large  pieces  of 
cement  rook  and  have  arranged  to  do  this  at  Stewartsyille  with  ouf 
Crusher  and  then  crush -to  find  powder  here  by  the  rolls. 

The  first  experimental,  coal  crushing  plant  was  too 
small  to  give  the  output  needed  and  so  we  built  a  larger  plant . 

We  have  had  some  little  trouble  to  get  .the  larger  plant  to  give  the 
desired  results,  but  think  we  have  it  alright  now,. and  will  grind 
the  coal  as  soon  as  it  Is  received.  We  have  ordered  two  oars  oflt 
for.  thin  work;  so  as  soon  as  we  have  the  fine  coal  and -cement  rock 
ready,  the  test  will  be  started.  We  shall  get  at  it  as  quifckly  as 

You  fully  understand  that  the  results  of  the  burner 
test  will  only  show  how  much  fuel  can  be  saved  and  the  output  in¬ 
creased  over  existing  burners  used  by  other  Cement  Mills.,  due  to  -the 
regenerating  device;  and  that  the  principle  of  the  burner  is  the 
Bane  dB  that  used  by  all  other  cement  Mills. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Hr.  Win,  H.  Oiermerdine , 

Philadelphia,  Pa- 

Dec.  13,  1900. 

Messrs.  Killer  &  Chapman, 


ITew  Mexico . 

Dear  Sirs: 

Messrs.  Hoyt  and  Lawson  have  concluded  that  they  will 
not  spend  any  more  money  on  the  Cunningham  Mesa,  hut  want  one  of 
you  to  stay  and  prospect  the  other  Mesas  on  the  Grant,  working 
only  two  or  three  men  to  see  if  something  can  not  he  found  that 
w-*uld  warrant  the  erection  of  a  Mill. 

So  you  will  agree  among  yourselves  which  one  of  you  will, 
come  hack  to  the  Laboratory,  should  anything  he  found  that  looks 
promising  then  both  will  go  hack. 

After  the  other  Mesas  have  been  roughly  prospected,  they 
want  the  Copper  property  looked  over  and  samples  gotten,  also  the 
big  long,  vein  of  pyrites  running  a  mile  or  more  and  reported  50  to 
75  feet  thick,  which  is  reported  to  he  on  the  Grant.  'Phis  state¬ 
ment  is  in  the  U.  s.  Geological  Survey. 

Mou  will  jointly  make  a  report  to  me  at  once,  giving 
your  joint  opinion  as  to  the  area  in  the  Cunningham  Mesa  and  the 
total  Cubic  Yards  therein  which  will  run  say  15  cents  per  Cubic 
Yard  in  place.  I  want  your  opinion  from  your  resultB. 

Also  get  some  grease  and  grease  up  every  hit  of  your 
machinery,  use  it  unsparingly  to  cover  every  hit  of  metal  which  can 



#2  M.  &  C. 

rust,  also  board  up  everything  that  may  he  affected  hy  the  weather, 
bo  that  when  we  do  want  to  wort:  the  Mill  again,  it  will  he  in  per¬ 
fect  condition.  Box  up  small  things  which  might  he  stolen  if 
laid  around. 

Send  your  report  or  rather  your  opinion  as  asked  for  above 
as  soon  as  possible. 


>  ion 







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P.  S.  Hoyt  wants  you  to  dig  fresh  ground  in  long  tunnel  and  also 
sample  shafts  A.  &  B. 

31  Nassau  Street, 
New  York. 

bee. 13, 1900.  - 

bear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  note  dated  Oct.  31st,  1900, 
one  year  for  $20,000.  Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  how  much  in 
revenue  stamps  is  on  the  paper  which  you  hold,  as  X  think  I  have 
made  a  mistake  in  it. 

Yours  truly, 


\.  / 

Deo.  13,  1900. 

Director  of  Census, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  a  copy  of  the  report  which 
we  handed  to  the  agent  who  had  charge  of  this  district  months  ago. 
We  can  not  understand  why  you  have  not  received  same,  unless  it 
is  caused  by  the'  fact  that  you  have  the  Post  Office  marked  Orange 
and  our  office  is  in  West  Orange,  IT.  J.,  although  the  majority 
of  our  mail  is  sent  to  Orange  N.  J.  which  is  only  a  short  distance 
from  our  office. 

During  the  census  year  which  ended  June  1st,  1900,  at 
our  plant  at  Edison,  N.  J.  we  did  no  manafacturing,  all  the 
work  being  construction  and  experimental. 

Trusting  that  this  report  is  satisfactory,  we  remain, 
Yours  truly, 





Bee,  20,1900 

Arthur  V.  White,  Esq., 
nion,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  20th  inst.  with  inclosurea  came  duly 
to  hand,  and  In  reply  I  beg  to  state  that  I  have  too  many  irons  of 
my  own  in  the  fire  at  the  present  time  to  go  into  anything  new. 

Yours  truly, 

Dec.  21,1900. 

U.  B.  Curtis,  Esq., 

Johannesburg,  Kern  Co., 


Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inst.,  X  Beg  to  state 
that  my  small  experimental  mill  at  Ortiz  worked  successfully,  exu 
ir.g  never  less  than  94^  of  the  assay  value,  hut  the  ground  is  too 
poor  to  work,  yielding  only  six  cents  per  ton. 

Yours  truly. 

My  Dear  Bergman: 

X  shall  want  about  1000  II.  P.  of  Motors  at  the  Cement 
Works,  approximately  the  following.  Based  on  Open  Motors  (not 
inclosed)  220  Volt  Current. 

29-5  Horse  Power  400  Rev. 

)  V.— from  600  to  800  Rev. 
)  /  or  thereabout. 

*  medium  speeds  COO 

r  gears  are  designed 

motors  is  45£.  Have  not  got  duties  on  punohings  yet. 

I  think  you  better  send  full  size  motors  in  each  grade 
where  the  change  in  diameter  starts,  I  suppose  four  motors  is  all 
tru-.t  will  be  required^  Also  send  punohings,  commutator  bars  and 

---  H  sample  punonings,  commutator  ba 

3.  model  of  winding  ana  resistance  boxes,  etc.  and  drawings 

;  all  right  will  cable 

■y thing  going  on  well 

3  or  4 


r,  i rj  \  Jan*  10»  1901. 

P.  H.  Klein  Jr.,  Esq.,  ‘  '  ' 

578  Eirst  Ave. 

New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  tutor  of  the  4th  that.  .noao.l„e  ,y  tor 

BOO  i»  duly  to  hand.  Thanhing  you  vary  muoh  tor  same,  I  renaln, 
Yours  truly, 

Eugene  L.  Rooks,  Esq., 

Puerto  Cortes: ,  s.  H. , 
Central  America, 

Dear  Sir: 

Jan.  10,1901. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  24th  ult.,  I  Beg  to  state 
that  if  you  will  send  me  a  sample  of  the  ore  hy  mail,  I  will  assay  it 
for  nothing  as  science  is  in  dire  need  of  platina  and  palladium.  Be 
sure  and  mark  the  sample  Both  inside  and  outside  so  I  can  tell  where 
it  comes  from.  Yours  truly, 


Jan.  18,  1901. 

Eredcrick  A.  A.  Talbot,  Esq., 
c/o  Cook's  Tourist  Agency, 

244  Broadway,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  i'avur  or  the  14th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  want  to  publish  anything  about  my  iron  mining  business 
at  presunt . 

Yours  truly, 

Jan.  18,  1901. 

A.  H.  Stebbins,  Esq., 

Little  Rock,  Ark. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  12th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
■that  our  experiments  at  Ortiz  gave  94J*  saving.  V/e  put  600  tons  into 
one,  but  as  the  gravel  went  only  four  cents  to  the  cubic  yard  it 
wo uld  not  pay. 

Yours  truly, 



itfodwA  »riT 

•£«  '■ 

miS  rwsa 

ml oV  diiw 





Henry  R.  Hoyt,  Efeq.., 

ll  William  Street, 

New  York. 

Rear  Sirs 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  oheck  for  $1.06, 
the  same  being  in  payment  for  telegram  Bent  to  Messrs.  Miller  &  Cha#- 
majt^  for  whioh  accept  my  thanks. 

I  beg  to  call  your  attention  to  the  faot  that  there  Is  a 
balanoe  still  due  me  amounting  to  $1853.29  which  has  been  running  a 
long  time.  I  hare  written  a  number  of  times  to  Mr.  A.  W.  Hoyt  and 
Mr.  S.  G.  Burn  in  regard  to  a  check  for  same,  but  up  to  the  present 
time  I  have  not  received  it  and  I  will  appreciate  it  very  much  if 
yOu  will  send  me  a  check  by  return  mail  in  payment  of  this  account, 
Which  will  greatly  oblige, 

Y9ur$  truly, 

fan.  29,  i9oi. 


Henrr  *•  Hoyt,  Eoq. , 

11  ^liam  Street, 

Hew  York. 

Hea r  Sir: 

*J2  WMmi1  «“  >— *«W«.  ». 

-  -ztjt:  r:r  ~  ir  ~ — -  - 1 

KinCy  return  tt,  paper.  «tt  y.ur  reply,  greatly  oklige, 
Y°ur«  truly, 

Jan.  31,  1901. 

/  .  P.  Bodge,  Esq., 

321  West  116th  St., 

Mew  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  heg  to  return  you  herewith  your  drawings  and  descrip¬ 
tion  received  with  your  letter  of  the  24th  inst.,  and  heg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  know  of  any  one  at  the  present  time  who  would  like 
to  become  interested  in  the  subject  mentioned. 

Yours  truly, 

11  William  St., 
Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  letter  from  Mr.  C.  M.  Chap¬ 
man  dated  Jan.  23,  1901.  After  you  have  read  same  will  you  kindly 
return  it  to  me,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

Jan;  31 }  1901. 

Thos.  Hatcher,  EBq., 

Austin,  Texas. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  24th  inst.,  1  beg  to  state 
that  it  is  true  about  the  xray.bat  You  are  working  in  a  fruitful 
field.  The  blind  are  sensitive  to  unknown  radiation  in  ny  opinion. 

Yours  truly, 

January  31st ,1901. 

My  dear  Insull:- 

V.e  are  about  to  decide  the  question  of  -vvbat  kind  of 
Joints  we  will  use  on  our  steam  piping  at  the  Cement  Company,  where 
v/e  expect  to  carry  160#  steam.  We  have  under  consideration,  among 
others,  the  Welded  Flanges  made  by  the  National  Tube  Works  Company, 
and  we  are  told  that  the  North  Western  Elevated  Railroad  Company, 
your  City,  have  Welded  Flanges  and  they  have  proved  to  be  rather 
unsatisfactory.  Will  you  kindly  investigate  the  matter,  advising 
me  what  they  have  to  say  regarding  the  Welded  Flanges,  also  what 
your  experience  has  been,  if  you  have  had  any  of  them. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  reply,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Samuel  Insull,  Esq., 

Chi oago -Edison  Co., 

Chicago,  Ills. 

Feb.  5,  1901. 

o  Fe*-  5> 1901- 

Dear  Bergman:  / 

Yours  of  Jan.  23rd  received.  The  list  of  motors  dent  you 
were  only  approximate  and  we  pap  n,ot  tell  exactly.  Where  we  think 
we  want  one  size  we  may  want  one  size  larger.  Again  in  our  -business 
we  have  to  have  stuffing  "box  bearings,  and  out  of  many  tried  in 
©UT  dust  bin  only  one  has  Btood  actual  tests.  I  think  you  better 
send  the  punchings  and  carry  out  the  arrangement  as  first  proposed, 
as  1  have  gone  ahead  on  that  basis;  sending  the  40  and  50  H.  P. 
Motors  is  all  right. 

i  think  the  most  satisfactory  arrangement  would  be  to  pay 
you  a  little  something  on  all  the  motors  we  build,  for  instance, 
we  pay  you  the  diffen’isnce  between  the  price  you  charge  for  punching 
and  the  duty  we  would  have  to  pay,  Cie)  45^  and  find  this  sum  for 
eaoh  motor  and  this  sum  wte  pay  you  as  a  royalty  on  Motors  we  build, 
and  we  make  the  punchings  here,  you  selling  us  a  set  of  dies  and  ar¬ 

mature  Coil  Machinery  eto.  We  think  i 
over  here,  although  ths  competition  ii 

;  us  a  set  of  dies  and  ar- 
»  build  up  quite  a  trade 

le thing  that  will  please  you 

:  more  ohance  before  you  die  to  make  a  little  money. 

To  S.  Bergman,  Esq., 

Oudenarder  Strasse  No.  23, 

Feb.  6,  1901. 

Messrs.  Breakenridge  &  Tichenor, 

744  Broad  Street, 

Newark,  N.  J. 

Bear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  have  decided  to  put  up  a  factory  either  on  property  mentioned 
or  a  better  place  near  the  Laboratory.  Bo  you  know  of  any  other  plot 
as  good  for  my  purpose  for  the  money. 

Yours  truly, 

ft.  R.  Hoyt,  Esq., 

11  William  Street,  \ 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  "beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  a  statement  of  my  account 
against  the  Galisteo  Company,  amounting  to  $1853.29,  in  regard  to 
same  I  have  written  to  Mr.  H.  K.  Bloodgood,  Mr.  S.  G.  Burn,  to  Mr. 

A.  W.  Hoyt  twice  and  onoe  before  to  yourself. 

Will  you  kindly  send  mo  a  check  in  payment  of  same,  and  greatly 


Yours  truly, 

Howard  VI.  Hayes,  Esq., 

Prudential  Building, 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  12th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  looked  through  every  contract  which  I  have  here  in  regard 
to  the  phonographs,  and  can  not  find  anything  that  the  Hew  England 
Co.  is  a  party  of,  nor  do  I  ever  remember  having  seen  one  in  this 

13  Cedar  Street, 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  card  case  and  memorandum  book  came  safely  to  hand.  Thank¬ 
ing  you  very  much  for  same,  I  remain, 





Dr.  J.  H.  Sloan, 

Sante  Pe, 

Hew  Mexico . 

Dear  Doctor: 

Youre  of  the  8th  Inst,  is  at  hand,  and  in  reply  to  your 
questions  about  the  use  of  the  new  Placer  process  would  say  that 
Mr,  Edison  is  ready  to  put  in  ±n  wherever  the  deposit  warrants 
the  outlay  -under  the  following  terms  and  conditions. 

Your  company  to  pay  all  expenses  and  Mr.  Edison  to  have 
entire  control  and  supervision,  that  is,  your  company  to  pay  all 
cost  of  designing  and  erecting  buildings,  constructing  and  installing 
machinery,  railroads  and  steam  shovel,  and  maintaining  and  oper¬ 
ating  same j  all  to  be  under  the  direction  and  supervision  of  Mr. 

dison,  who  is  to  furnish  all  the  men,  but  their  wages  to  be  paid 
by  the  company. 

Then  his  royalty  to  be  one  third  of  the  yearly  net  prof¬ 
its  after  deducting  2 0#  on  money  invested  in  Mill;  for  instance, 
euppose  the  plant  cost  $150, 000 '  twenty  per  cent  of  that  would  be 
$30,000.  Suppose  the  yearly  profits  were  $50,000  then  his  Royalty 
would  be  one  third  of  $20,000  or  $6,666.00,  so  you  see  that  the 
company  get  20#  on  the  investment  before  paying  any  royalty  and 
then  pay  one  third  of  the  excess  over  20#  that  is  made. 

Of,  if,™  try  t  Mi  Bon  VpOT,*  the  net  warning*  above  80* 


he  is  to  have  supervision  of  the  work,  hut  if  it  falls  below  that 
point  he  forfits  the  power  to  oontroll  the  operations. 

He  will  grant  no  exclusive  rights,  hut  will  make  separate 
contracts  for  each  proposition. 

The  fineness  of  the  gold  is  immaterial,  hut  it  must  he 
loose  gravel,  not  cemented.  He  estimates  that  the  cost  of  oper¬ 
ating  a_5,000  cubic  yard  plant,  would  he  12  to  15  cents  per  cubic 
yard.  This  figure  would  he  reduced  by  increasing  the  capacity  of 
the  Mill  or  increased  by  reducing  the  capacity.  The  whole  depending 
upon  the  character  of  the  gravel,  cost  of  fuel,  wages  etc. 

Ho  acourate  estimate  of  the  cost  of  the  plant  or  of  the 
time  required  for  erection  can  he  made  until  all  conditions  are 
fully  known. 

As  soon  as  you  know  that  your  people  want  to  go  ahead, 
Wire  me  and  X  will  send  you  some  instructions  and  also  some  more 
questions  to  he  answered.  If  you  have  a  large  quantity  of  gravel 
that  will  run  20  cents  per  cubic  yard  and  are  sure  of  its  extent 
and  value,  there  is  a  chance  to  make  a  big  thing  out  of  it. 

The  first  thing  to  he  done  is  to  make  absolutely  sure  of 
its  extent  and  value  by  careful  tests  of  samples  from  all  parts 
of  the  deposit. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Feb.  15,  1901. 


Galistoe  Company, 

New  York. 


I  herewith  send  you  the  report  of  the  Engineers  Messrs. 
Miller  and  Chapman  on  the  experiments  and  prospeoting  of  the  Ortiz 
Mine  grant  property. 

It  will  "be  evident  from  the  report  that  the  value  of  the 
gravel  is  far  helow  the  amount  stated  hy  all  who  have  been  in  pos¬ 
ition  to  know,  and  that  the  oonf/trttoted  area  spoken  of  in  the  report 
while  containing  a  somewhat  higher  value  than  the  whole  is  yet  too 
small  to  warrant  the  erection  of  a  Mill  of  sufficient  size  to  pay 
a  profit  and  return  the  investment  when  exhausted. 

Yours  truly, 

Neb.  18,  1901, 

German  National  Bank, 
■760  Broad  street 
Newark ,  N.J 

Bear  Sira: 


I  Beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  check  for  #15,000.00, 
and  in  place  of  same  will  you  kindly  give  bearer  draft  jan  iondon, 
payable  to  the  order  of  the  Edison  Ore-Milling  Syndicate,  iteited 
for  5,000  pounds,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 




Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd., 

7  Amberley  House,  Norfolk  Street, 

London,  W.  C., 


Dear  Sirs: 

Mr.  Dick  informs  me  that  when  it  Was  decided  to  inorease 
the  Capital  stock  of  the  Syndicate,  that  he  agreed  to  a  certain 
increase  and  agreed  to  have  his  proportion  and  mine  paid  Of  such 
increase.  I  knew  nothing  about  this  understanding  until  he  returned 
to  America.  While  it  never  was  my  Intention  to  act  as  a  capitalist, 
except  as  to  pioneering  my  inventions  experimentally  which  requires 
a  great  amount  of  money.  I  will  in  this  case  pay  my  proportion, 
which  Mr.  Dick  tells  me  he  agreed  upon.  I  have  therefore  sent  you 
three  thousand  pounds,  to  he  plabed  to  my  credit. 

Yours  truly, 

Howard  W.  Ha-yea,  Egqj, 

Prudential  Building, 

Ijre\ra.rk,  K.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  Beg  to  advise  you  that  X  spoke  ' i  Mr.  Edison  in  regard 
to  having  you  write  a  letter  to  the  Galis-  in  order  to  try 

and  collect  his  account,  amounting  to  u.29  and  Mr.  Edison 

stated  that  we  "better  wait  a  while  and  no1:  ■■  anything  in  regard  to 
it  at  present.  As  soon  as  I  hear  anything  further  from  him  in 
regard  to  same  I  will  immediately  advise  yen. 

Yours  truly, 


35  Nassau  Street, 

New  York. 

Dear  sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  goth  inst.  in.  regard  to  a  judegment 
against  Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr.  and  William  Holzer  came  du3^  to  hand, 
and  in  reply  I  heg  to  state  that  as  I  know  nothing  about  -this 
matter,  I  prefer  not  to  have  anything  to  do  with  it.  As  the  young 
man  is  of  age  I  am  not  responsible  for  anything  that  He  does. 

Thanking  you  very  very  muph  for  your  kind  offer  in  the 
matter,  l  remain, 

*eb.  23r4,190l. 

Andrew  S.  )fcCreath,:EBq.., 


Hear  Sir:-* 

I  have  represented  to  an  English  syndicate  that  I  have 
a  Separator  which  will  separate  Specular  Hematite  or*  which  craps 
rrton.  the  Huirderiand  Mines  in  Norway,  tad  that  I  can-mike  a  con- 
ketetrate  Assist  about  &t%  metalaic  iron  and  -DteO  leg*  Phosphorus. 
^i'te  parties  have  cabled,  me  to  retain  you  to  verify  the  statement 
**  ^serving  concentration  and  by  making  analysis  of  the  crude 
ertabet-ore  on  concentrates  and  tiro  tailingtsfor  mVtaiait  iron  and 
pho^arqs.  We-  have  but  one  Separator  magnet  at  present  ;  w^ae 
proposed.  process  requires  14  magnets  in  tand^  tbe  ore  entering 
the  top  one  aid  passing  successively  down  through  the  hole. 

Will  Srou  k^pdly  advice  me  whethar  it  wo  tad  be  convenient 
Xff  you  to  make  an  appointment  for  some  day  next  week,  say  “Wednesday 
d«  Thu-  rBday  and  im  mil  arrange  to  have  everything  in  readiness 
for  ybu.  Also  kindly  advise  your  charge  for  services  and  the  rate 
for  iron  and  phosphorus  analyses. 

The  particular  thing  to  whiclj  you  are  to  certify  la  that 
JroU  saw  the  machine  separate  the  concentrates  and  tailings  and  made 
taalyeie  of  «bom. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am, 

Your*  very  truly, 

Feb.  25th, ,1901, 

The  Bell  Telephone  Company, 


Dear  Sirs:- 

I  am  about  to  make  a  small  measuring  instrument  and 
'*°uld  be  obliged  if  you  would  advise  me  the  quality  and  brand  of 
the  steel  which  you  use  in  your  Magneto  Receivers.  I  desire  to 
get  only  a  small  piece  about  5/8"  wide  x  l/l6"  thick  and  2  or  3* 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  reply,  I .  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Peb.  26th, 1901. 

The  Washburn  &  Moon  lifg.  Co., 

Worcester  ,Mass. 

Dear  Slrs:- 

As  you  may  perhaps  know,  I  am  at  this  time  building  a 
cement  mill  at  Stewartsville ,N, J.  This  mill  is  to  run  day  and 
night  and  it  is  my  intention  to  have  the  steam  connections  as  re¬ 
liable  as  it  is  possible  to  get  them. 

Our  piping  is  one  straight  line  of  12"  sc  8"  in  diameter 
aT«i  about  1500  ft.  in  length,  with  branches  at  three  points  for 
the"Enginee i  which  are  of  the  Compound  Condensing  style,500,750  and 
750  the  boilers  being  set  at  about  a  central  point  in  the 

length  oa  main  pipe,  with  header  into  same.  The  pressure  we  intend 
to  carry  will  150  lbs.  per  sq.  inch. 

We  are  looking  into  the  merits  and  demerits,  if  there 
are  any,  of  the  Van  Sto^e  joint,  and  as  your  name  has  been  given 
u/as  one  of  the  users  of  ti<g  joint,  I  will  be  obliged  if  you  will 
let  me  know  what  your  ere  rience  v,as  been  with  it. 

Please  state  whether  you  use  ground  joints  or  copper 
gaskets.  If  you  have  used  any  of  the  valves  „r  fittings  made  by 
the  same  concern,  I  would  like  to  know  your  opinion  of  them. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  an  answer  to  these  queries, 
which,  of  .course,  will  be  treated  aB  confidential,  I  remain, 

Very  respectfully  yours, 



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H.  E.  Dick , Esq. , 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Enolosed  I  heg  herewith  to  hand  you  report  from  Mr. 
MoCreath,  which  explains  itself. 

To  his  report  wo  heg  to  add  the  following:  The'  Crude 
1«P  «.8^  iron  of  ehich  «».,*  la  teBWlte  „„  ^ 

•egneMte.  Ihl‘  W1“  «•»  separated  give.  1  pea*,  14  „ 


The  mugmimp  of  9  pounds  6  ounces  essaye  4S.10#  iron;  this 
is  made  up  of  tie  parties  that  are  part  ln>„  „„ 
w  is  to  to  recrushed  spa  r .separated  pith  th,  iacmlns  srude  OT, 

*  “'*  “  1S  Mf“r*  separation ;  as*  a.  to  do  at  the 

plant.  .hen  this  is  rsseparated ,  to  get  3  pound,  and  12  . 

sonssntratss,  ee  total  eonoentrat.s  1,  e. 

Hematite  concentrates 

_  17  Pounds  14-1/2  ounces. 

Concentrates  for  Mugwump  3  „  lg  __ 

Magnetite  concentrates  _  n 

Total  concentrates-  33  pou)ds  8_l/2  ounoe£J. 

ypurs  yery  truly, 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Fort  Myers, 


Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  are  two  letters  reoeived  from  Dr.  Sloan  of 
Sante  le,  relative  to  the  Colorado  placer.  I  have  written  him 
that  owing  to  your  absence  I  could  not  answer  his  questions 
concerning  a  guarantee  or  fee  out  of  your  percentage  hut  as  soon  aE 
I  heard  from  you  I  would  write  him. 

Also  that  in  order  to  put  the  matter  on  a  good  footing 
at  once  he  should  put  the  financial  men  of  the  enterprise  in  direct 
communication  with  you. 

Hoping  that  you  arrived  safely  and  that  your  trip  is 
proving  a  pleasant  one,  I  am, 


Respectfully  yours. 

Mr.  4,  1901. 

Dr.  S.  J.  Sloan. 

Sante  Ee,  N.  M. 

Dear  Doctor: 

Yours  of  the  26th  ult.  received,  also  yours  of  /an.  31st 
which  you  mailed  to  Dolores,  enclosing  the  letters  of  10*.  Nisbet'e. 

As  Mr.  Edison  is  now  in  Florida  I  can  not  answer  your 
questions  about  his  guarantee  or  his  paying  you  and  Mr.  uiobot  a 
part  of  his  percentage.  Personally  I  think  Mr.  Edison's  offer  is 
very  liberal  and  I  should  not  think  he  would  care  to  reduoe  it  by 
dividing  with  anybody,  however,  I  am  forwarding  your  letters  to 
him  and  as  soon  as  I  receive  a  reply  will  write  you. 

The  sample  of  200  or  300  lbs.  which  you  offer  to  send 
I  do  not  think  is  necessary  at  present. 

I  believe  the  first  step  before  putting  the  matter  upon 
a  good  footing  is  to  put  Mr.  Edison  in  direct  communication  with 
the  financial  parties  in  the  enterprise,  so  that  they  may  come  to 
an  understanding  as  soon  as  possible.  Of  course  it  is  useless  to 
do  much  before  an  agreement  is  made  between  them. 

1  examined  the  gravel  which  you  sent  and  it  appears  to  be 
very  good  stuff  for  concentrating,  but  I  note  that  the  letters  from 
Mr.  Hisbet  says  that  part  of  the  gold  is  in  a  chemically  combined 
state.  Of  course  this  process  will  only  save  the  free  gold  com¬ 
bined  with  silver  or  in  the  Iron  or  heavy  particles  of  sand. 

As  to  the  §150,000  mentioned  in  my  letter  of  the  15th 
ult.  which  you  appear  to  talce  as  an  estimate  on  the  cost  of  a 
5,000  yard  plant,  I  would  say  that  that  figure  was  assumed  only 
aw  an  example  to  illustrate  Mr.  Edison's  proposition.  You  will 
note  that, 1  stated  that  no  estimate  of  cost  could  he  made  until 

It  would  he  well  to  ascertain  the  value  of  the  gravel 
in  free  gold  and  silver. 

Keep  me  informed  of  any  developements  in  this  matter. 
I  will  write  you  again  as  soon  as  I  hear  from  Mr.  Edison. 

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German  National  Bank, 
Broad  St., 

X  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  oheok  for  $200.00,  and  In 
place  of  same  will  you  kindly  give  me  two  drafts  on  New  York  drawn 
to  my  order  for  $100.00  each,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

jJ^  <3  V 

As  per  your  telegram  to  Mr.  Mallory,  1  beg  to  enclose 
you  herewith  two  drafts  <?n  New  York  for  $100.00  each,  alBO  two  blank 
checkB  on  the  German  National  Bank  of  Newark,  N.  J.  The  reason  I 
send  both  of  these  is  because  I  do  not  understand  the  telegram  and 
so  ub  to  be  sure,  I  therefore  send  you  both.  -jau.  xw.  e-iO 

♦■M.  tfc  itUA  L;.::*,  -Vv.  *{*  £■-  ■  ■  ■  f  d  * 

/j  ;r  Youra  truly, 

0  /A  //>  -  * 

April  9,  1901. 

A.  W.  Hoyt,  Esq., 

1  Broadway, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  vat.,  X  hag  to  ask  what 
is  the  use  of  making  estimates  for  the  Oriz  scheme,  when  the  assays 
show  that  the  property  IS  entirely  different  from  that  expected, 
arid  the  values  such  that  it  would  not  ':.o  to  put  up  a  Mill. 

Would  he  glad  to  learn  what  your  expert  has  found  out. 
Yours  truly, 


S-.  Bergman,  Esq;., 

Quden-arder  Strasse  #23, 

Berlin,  Germany. 

Dear  Bergman: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  7th  ult.,  I  "beg  to  state 
that  I  have  two  or  three,  important  cases  "before  German  Office,  and 
1  have  told  Dyer  to  write  his  man  to  show  Seubel  everything  and 
get  his  assistance.  They  are  very  involved,  "being  of  a  chemical 
nature,  and  Seubel  may  have  to  get  the  assistance  of  a  practical 
chemist  to  help  him. 

Yours  truly, 

Messrs.  Flint  &  Co., 
30  Broad  Street, 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst.  in  regard  to  Mr. 
Charles  N.  Jenks,  1  heg  to  state  that  I  only  know  good  of  him,  if 
you  want  to  know  the  had  part,  see  Mr.  R.  N.  Dyer,  31  Nassay  Street 
New  York,  also  Mr.  Luther  Steringer,  Electrician  of  the  Pan  Ameri- 
cam  Exposition  of  Buffalo,  New  York. 

Yours  truly. 



April  9,  1901. 

A.  E.  Kennelly,  Esq., 

1203  Crozer  Building, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Uy  Dear  Kennelly: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  of  March,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  have  not  heard  from  all  the  Foreign  Countries,  hut  when  I  do 
I  will  give  you  the  points  and  a  battery  to  test  so  you  can  read 
the  paper  and  know  what  you  are  stating  is  from  actual  knowledge. 
Yours  truly, 



*r°h  Peterson  Jr.,  Esq., 

7  Montagu  Terrace, 

Edinburg!,  Scotland, 

Pear  sir: 

Apr. jo,  1901. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  ult.,  X  heg  to  state 
that  in  a  few  weeks  full  particulars  will  he  published  in  the  Scien- 
°  Press  in  regard  to  the  battery  where  you  can  get  the,  necessary 
data.  You  will  recognise  the  particular  battery  by  its  giving  absut 
1.3  Volts  and  gives  :one  H.  P.  hour  for  70  lbs.  weight.  It  is  per¬ 
manent  in  character. 

Yours  truly, 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  inst.,  X  beg  to  state 
that  I  have  nearly  all  of  my  tools  ready,  and  hope  to  have  some 
batteries  soon  for  test,  after  which  I  will  come  over  and  tell  you 
'  what  the  results  are. 




Hartford,  Conn, 
Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  29th  ult.  in  regard  to  account  of  the 
New  Jersey  Electric  Vehicle  Transportation  Co.  came  duly  to  hand. 
Thanking  you  very  much  for  same ,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

T.  C.  Martin,  Esq., 

120  Liberty  Street, 

Apr. 10, 1901. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  5th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  Cadmium  Copper  Battery  is  not  the  "Real  Thing"  that  will 
be  described  by  Kennelly. 

Yours  truly j 


J£r.  Robert  Ingham, 

c/o  Hume  oat  Chemical  Worlcs, 

Accrington,  England. 

Rear  Sir 

Replying  to  yours  of  Kareh  28th,  to  Hr..  Edison,  we  .beg 
to  state  that  we  have  a  machine  which,  will  separate  gold  from  .sand 
without  the  aid  of  water,  and  we  believe  the  machine  is  a  great 
success.  Vfe,  however,  cannot  tell  how  it,  would  warh  on  your  ore, 
and  if  you  are  interested,  we  would  be  glad  to  Have  you  send  us 
samples  of  your  ore  and  we  will  then  mehe  a  report  on  it  showing 
.■just  what  the  machine  will  rln. 

Please  be  sure  to  take  only  an  average  sample,  and  when 
you  forward  it,  marie  it  with  your  name  and  address,  as  we  receive 
so  many  samples  and  unless  this  is  done,  we  cannot  identify  the 
material  as  coming  from  you.  Ten  or  fifteen  pounds  is  all  iwe 

;ruly , 

Letterbook,  LB-066 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  April-September  1901.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by 
Herman  E.  Dick,  Waiter  S.  Mallory,  and  others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the 
planning  and  construction  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  plant  at 
Stewartsville,  New  Jersey,  and  to  Edison's  investment  in  that  company.  There 
are  also  numerous  letters  concerning  the  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline 
storage  battery  and  the  financial  and  industrial  arrangements  for  its  manufacture. 
Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  erection  of  an  iron  ore  concentration  plant 
in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling 
Syndicate,  Ltd.,  as  well  as  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  interest  in  ore 
milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  is  some  material  dealing  with  the  domestic  and 
foreign  phonograph  business,  including  statements  of  the  assets  and  liabilities 
of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  for  1899-1901;  orders  for  equipment  and 
supplies;  and  family  and  other  personal  matters. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Personal 
Letter  Book  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  From  Apr.  12,  1901  To  Sept.  4,  1901. 
Indexed."  There  is  a  label  on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book 
contains  502  numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  20  percent  of  the 
book  has  been  selected. 

Apr.  12,  1901. 

W.  Hoyt,  Esq.., 

#1  Broadway, 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  11th  inst . ,  I  heg  to  state 
that  the  estimated  cost  of  the  plant  will  depend  upon  the  area  of 
gravel  and  the  hest  size  of  the  Mill  to  work  out  the  deposit.  I  do  not 
see  that  you  gain  any  time  by  having  the  estimate  made  now,  as  it  can  he 
made  in  two  or  three  weeks, after  you  have  proved  up  the  ground  to  make 
an  estimate  which  will  he  fairly  accurate,  it  will  he  necessary  to  lay 
out  roughly  on  the  draughting  hoard  the  general  plan  with  some  of  the 
details,  this  will  cost  aho\it  $200.  I  can  go  ahead  now  and  do  it,  hut 

:  advise  waiting. 

From  other  information  which  I  gathered  from  outside  parties 
been  familiar  with  the  deposit  for  years,  I  am  convinced  that 

Chapman  and  Miller's 

■esults  are  correct. 






V.  Hayes. 

‘r  ’  recently  learned  of  a  "fact,  which  X  think  in  correct,  and. 
ny  result  in  yourself  and  the  friends  who  loaned  money  to  the 
Edison  United  Phonograph  Co.  getting  hack  some  of  it.  In  -he  mortgage • 
iourc  the  money,  the  most  viable  asset  of  the  Company,  to  wi 
OOO  in  stock  of  Miaon  Phonograph  V/orks,  which  stock  has 
ig  dividend o  right  along,  was  entirely  left  out.  Mr.  Hayes 
i in  tliis  to  you  more  fully.  If  this  information  is  of  any  v 
-ou,  you  are  welcome  to  it. 

Yours  very  truly , _ _ 

Apr.  17,  1901. 


A.  Hoyt,  Esq. , 

#1  Broadway, 

flew  York, 

Dear  Sirs 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  15th  Inst,,  I  bag  to  state 
that  if  the  plant  is  to  be  six  thousand  the  cost  would  be  one 
figure,  if  ten  thousand  it  would  be  less,  in  any  event  it  would 
have  to  be  laid  out  roughly  to  get  at  the  number  of  men.  It  is 
easy  tc  make  the  statement  as  to  the  ground  not  being  such  as  to 
7/arrant  the  construction  of  a  Mill,  because  any  mill  of  any  size 
would  not  work  the  gravel  assaying  according  to  the  tests,  at  a 
profit,  and  the  smaller  it  was  made  the  less  chance  it  would  have. 

Your 8  truly, 

April  30th, 1901. 

Mr.  W,  H.  Shelmerdine,  President, 

The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


I  heg  herewith  to  hand  you  hlue-print  of  our  Works  at 
Stewartsville>,N.J. ,  the  original  plans  and  estimates  were  for  a 
plant  having  a  capacity  of  four  thousand  barrels  per  day,  but  as  we 
progressed  with  the  designing  of  the  work,  it  was  found  we  could 
construct  for  less  money. than  originally  contemplated,  and  it  was 
decided  to  construct  as  much  as  possible  for  a  capacity  of  ten 
thousand  barrels  per  day  for  the  following  reasons: 

PIRST-  In  view  of  the  very  much  less  cost  per  barrel  of 

output . 

SECOND-  In  view  of  the  much  smaller  investment  and  de¬ 
preciation  per  barrel  of  output. 

We  therefore  designed  the  plant  for  a  capacity  of  ten 
thousand  barrels  per  day,  and  have  built  a  large  part  of  it  to  that 
capacity;  and  have  so  arranged  the  plans  that  the  other  portion, 
having  at  first  a  smaller  capacity,  can  easily  be  increased  to  the 
full  capacity  of  ten  thousand  barrels  per  day,  without  in  any  way 
changing  that  portion  that  is  now  built  full  capacity  or  materially 
interfering  with  the  operation  of  the  plant.  I  am  sure  the  future 


Mr.  VI.  H.  S.  #2. 

will  prove  the  wisdom  of  this  to  every  stockholder  . 

The  price  of  cement,  in  my  opinion,  must  come  down  con¬ 
siderably  from  present  market  rates,  when  the  consumption  will  be 
enormously  increased,  and  by  having  our  plant  built  for  ten 
thousand  barrels  per  day,  we  will  be  enabled  to  make  cement  at  a 
cost  per  barrel  far  below  our  first  estimate,  and  permit  US  to  make 
a  very  handsome  profit  when  all  existing  plants  are  selling  below 
their  costs.  The  estimate  given  you  of  the  cost  per  barrel  based 
on  an  output  of  ten  thousand  barrels  per  day,  is  conservative,  and 
to  it  you  can  add  for  contingences  whatever  you  think  ample. 

In  the  blue-print  i  send  you  of  the  plant,  the  red  sections 
are  those  that  have  a  capacity  of  10,000  barrels  per  day,  a  large 
part  of  this  is  finished  including  the  Railroad  and  Rolling  Stock, 
(Quarry,  'Steam  shovels,  Water  Works  and  Masonry,  also  large. machinery 
and  Engines  now  in  place.  This  represents  the  largest  portion  of 
the  total  investment*  The  yellow  sections  are  those  having  a 
capacity  of  forty-five  hundred  barrels  per  day,  which  is  the  amount 
we  shall  build  to  connect  with  the  red  section,  and  the  dotted 
lines,  in  connections  with  the  yellow  sections,  show  the  si2tD 
of  tne  when  they  are  brought  to  full  capacity. 

Yours  very  truly,  -  — 

Alfred  Reeves,  Esq., 

' 150  Nassau  St. , 

Mew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  27th  ult..,  .1  beg  to  state 
that  at  present  I  am  not  ready  to  give  out  any  information  in  regard 
to  my  storage  battery. 

Yours  truly. 

J.  3.  EdBort,  Esq. , 

313  West  74th  St.', 
New  York. 

Hay  fi,  X&01. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  27th  tat.,  I  "beg  to  say 
that  my  Great  Grandfather  came  from  Holland.  For  generations  the 
Edison's  have  been  jailers  of  grain  on  the  Zuyder  Zee,  so  I  think 
there  is  no  connection. 

Yours  truly, 

Mrs.  T.  Clarke, 

Michigan  Ave., 

Tampa,  Fla. 

May  6,  1901. 


In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  20th  tat.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  best  Electrical  School  ia  the  Cornell  University  at  Ithaci 
N.  Y. ,  and  I  would  also  state  that  Chemists  have  the  best  chances. 
Yours  truly, 

A.  H.  Pollen,  EBq., 

Mgr.  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate, 
7  Amberley  House ,  Horfolk  St. 
London,  W.  C.,  England. 

May  6,  1901. 


Lear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  15th  ult.  with  enclosures  came  duly  to 

hand,  and  in  reply  I  beg  to  state  that  this  battery  is  inoperative 
commercially  and  has  no  value.  It  is  pure  theory. 

Yours  truly. 

May  li,  l9oi # 

C.  D.  Edgar,  Esq., 

3  Head  Plaoe, 

Boston,  Mass. 

My  Dear  Edgar: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  inat  ■  t  + 

*  *■«*»*«  »f  «h.  „„„  bau.^  „m  “•*  ‘,e 

Voltage  1.  i.25,  TOlsht  Jor  p_  hom.  ^  J  ^  “* 

charge  and  discharge  rate  t  '  ““  be  “**  le8a 

MM.  Itor.u  »•««».  Lag  not 

Please  consider  above  confidential. 

Yours  very  truly, 

A.  B.  Dick, Esq. , 

154  Lake  Street, 

Chicago,  Ills. 

Ky  dear  Mr,  Dick:- 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  21st  inst . ,  regarding  an 
objection  being  made  to  your  attempt  to  register  your  labels  and 
printed  matter  in  England, 'having  imprinted  upon  them  my  portrait 
without  my  consent,  I  herewith  authorize  you  so  to  do,  both  in  the 
name  of  A.  B.  Lick  Company  and  H.  E.  Kartyn  &  Company,  your  British 


Yours  very  truly, 

May  24th, 1901. 

A.  Bo  Blolc, Esq., 

154  Bake  Street, 

Dear  Sir:- 

Chicago,  Ills. 

In  giving  you  my  consent  to  have  your  labels,  etc.  re¬ 
gistered  in  England,  having  imprinted  upon  them  my  portrait,  I  want 
to  say  that  I  do  not  want  my  portrait  used  for  advertising  purposes, 
that  is  in  newspapers,  magazines  or  any  publications . 

Very  truly  yours, 

23  Wall  St., 

New  York. 

Beau*  Sirs: 

I  beg  to  enolose  you  herewith  my  check  for  $66.67,  and 
in  place  of  same  please  send  me  draft  on  Berlin  payable  to  the 
order  of  Mrs.  Marion  E.  Oeser,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

May  24,  1901, 

Win.  H.  Wiley,  Esq., 

C/o  American  Society  of  Mechanical  Engineers, 

43  E.  19th  St.,  New  York. 

My  dear  Mr.  Wiley: 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  21st,  regarding  position 
for  your  brother,  Mr.  0.  S.  Wiley,  I  cannot  use  him  to  any  advantage 
whatever  around  the  laboratory.  I  have  just  had  a  talk  with  Mr.  Gilmore, 
and  he  tells  me  that  at  the  present  time  it  is  absolutely  Impossible  for 
him  to  place  any  more  help.  As  he  states,  and  as  I  am  well  aware,  this 
is  the  dull  season  for  my  different  interests  here,  and  in  fact,  Instead 
of  Increasing  our  foroes  in  any  branch  of  the  business,  on  the  oontrary, 
we  are  reduoing  them.  I  very  rauoh  regret  to  say  to  you,  therefore,  that 
I  cannot  at  this  time  see  where  he  oan  be  used. 

Yours  very  truly, 


May  25th, 1901, 

se , 

ffev.'  York  City. 

irs  of  the  24th  inst .  from  Washington,  and 
o  have  you  go  with  me  on  Tuesday  up  to 
oan  see  a  Mill,  the  crushing  part  of  v/hici 

Hay  28th ,1901. 

The  Crucible  Steel  Company, 

71  Broadway, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

ror  our  new  storage  battery,  we  will  require  crucible  steel 
sheets  about  3"  wide  and  .003  thick.  Will  you  kindly  advise  us 
the  thine st  you  now  roll  your  material  and  if  you  know  of  anyone 
with  facilities  for  rolling  as  thin  as  .003.  We  have  already  roiled 
some  cruoible  steel  as  thin  as  this  on  a  small  pair  of  laboratory 
rolls,  but  we  are  now  interested  in  looking  the  matter  \jp  in 

Also  please  quote  us  approximate  prioe  on  crucible  steel 
l/8",  1/46"  and  l/32"  thick  and  as  thin  as  you  roll  it.  If  we' cannot 
get  it  to  the  thinness  we  desire,  we  will  fit  up  with  rolls  of  our 
own  to  do  this  work. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  reply,  we  are, 

Yours  very  truly, 

'  '  '  -J?  •  .  n  ■ 



To  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the 

Bdison  Storage  Battery  Co., 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

I  hare  invented  a  new  Storage  Battery,  and  I  have  now  pending 
ten  applications  for  patents  for  such  invention  in  the  United  States 
Patent  Office.  I  also  expect  to  continue  experimenting  in  order  to 
devise  improvements  in  connection  with  the  invention. 

I  offer  to  sell  you  the  inventions, for  the  United  States  only, 
described  in  said  applications  now  pending,  together  with  all  patents 
that  may  Issue  upon  the  same  in  the  United  States,  and  also  all  rights 
in  the  United  States  for  inventions  and  improvements  on  the  devices 
described  in  these  applications,  or  which  I  may  invent  during  a  period 
of  five  years  from  February  1st,  1901.  All  expenses  in  connection  with 
the  experimental  vrork  from  February  1st,  1901,  havine  reference  to 
these  inventions  and  for  the  taking  out  of  these  patents,  to  be  borne 

The  prloe  at  which  I  will  sell  you  the  above  for  the  United 
States,  is  the  sum  of  One  Million  Dollars  (#1,000,000),  to  be  paid  in 
the  proportion  of  One  Thousand  Dollars  (#1,000)  in  oaBh  and  Nine  Hundred 
and  Ninety-nine  Thousand  Dollars  (#999,000)  in  full-paid,  non-assessable 
stock  of  your  company. 

If  this  offer  is  accepted  I  would  alBO  agree  to  give  a  reasonable 
proportion  of  my  time,  in  view  of  my  other  interests  and  engagements, 

May  29th, 1901. 

J.  Bell , Esq,. , 

906  Broadway, 

Oakland,  Cal. 

Bear  Sir 

Replying  to  yours  of  May  ISth,  we  beg  to  state  that  we 
have  made  a  test  covering  a  period  of  several  months  with  our  new 
dry  separator  and  with  very  satisfactory  results,  and  are  now  read 
to  take  Up  the  matter  of  working  placer  deposits  that  have  in¬ 
sufficient  v/atQ r  supply. 

Tnat  we  may  ewt  a  better  idea  of  your  property,  will  you 
please  answer  the  enclosed  lt„t  0f  questions  and  we  will  then  be 
better  able  to  determine  whether  ou,  raachine  can  be  successfully 
used  on  your  property. 

Yours  very  truly, 


D.  L.  &  W.  Railroad  Company, 

Wo  have  purchased  the  old  Essex  Brass  &  Silver  Rolling 
Rill  property  and  will  commence  shortly  to  ship  in  material,  and 
would  he  obliged  if  you: will  call  us  up- by  -phone  {#311  Orange, 
Station  #4)  whenever  you  have  freight  for  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company  or  Thomas  A.  Edison,,  and  w*  will  then  arrange  to  send  teams 
for  it  promptly,  together  with  checks. 

Yours  very  truly, 

June  3rd, 1901, 

noted,  we  beg  he  rove', 
now  using  in  connection  with  our  storage  battery,  and  we  would  be 
glad  to  have  you  roll  us  the  smallest  quantity  you  can  make, practically 
so  as  to  test  your  product  in  our  ir.aohines.  i’hen,  if  your  sample 

to  yours  of  the  1st  inst.,  which  we  have  fully 

sample  of  the  stock  v 

is  satisfactory,  we  will  i 

undoubtedly  be  able  to  do  some  considerable 
;  seems  to  us  that  the  sample  we  herewith 
material  than  the  sample  which  you  sent  us. 

ery  necessary  the 

•  stock  be  free  from  buckle 

run  it  into  automatic  machines  and  buckles  will  make  considerable 
trouble.  TShat  vie  desire  is  3"  wide  x  .003"  thick. 

Yfi'ien  the  sample  is  ready,  please  forward  it  by  express. 

send  you  a  formal  order  for 

(Enclosure ) 

Messrs.  J.  P,  Morgan  &  Co., 

23  Wall  St., 

Mew  York. 

Dear  Sire: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  31st  ult.,  I  teg  to  state 
that  the  rights  of  my  "battery  for  Prance  are  for  sale.  Will  you 
kindly  inform  Messrs.  Morgan,  Harjes  &  Co.  to  that  effect,  and 
that  my  agent,  Mr.  H.  E.  Dick  will  call  upon 
ha  oomes  to  Prance. 

Yours  truly, 

Henry  U.  Palmer,  Esq. , 

North  6th  St.  &  Kent  Ave., 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Sir  : 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst , ,  I  "beg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  care  to  give  out  prices,  any  information  or,  talk 

Mr.  Harjes  as  soon  as 

June  6.1901. 

"business  in  connection  with  my  "battery  until  my  factory  and 
automatic  machinery  is  ready  for  manufacturing  same,  which  "will  not 
"be  for  several  months. 



«Ppi«S  #4  has  been  cleaned  and  all 
tc  the  Phonograph  Works. 

wax  refuse  sent 

Yours  very  truly, 

‘'W--  .'/ J . C^c? 



W.  I,.  Barker,  Be 4. , 

Booneyilie,  Ind„ 

.Dear  Sir  I 

Ii}  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  28th  alt.,  l  beg  to  state 
1  do  not  care  to  give  out  prices,  information  or  talk  business 
1  (inaction  vvi th  my  battery  until  my  factory  and  automatic 
.nary  is  ready'-  for  manufacturing  same,  which  will  not  be  for 
■al  months. 

Yours  truly 

B.  ICohn,  Esq, 

19,  1901. 

,  ITeb. 

Bear  sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  Inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
tnat  I  do  not  th Ink  Wre  is  any  money  to  be  made  out  of  the 
printing  telegraph. 

Yours  truly, 

0i  & 

J.  C.  Re iff,  Esq., 
20  Broad  St. , 
Eew  York. 
My  Bear  Re  iff: 

June  19,  1901 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  Inst.,  *  would  llke 
very  much  to  have  you  bring  over  some  concentrates  and  I  wm 
briquett  some  samples  on  a  hand  press.  We  are  designing  the  work 
of  rebuilding  the  Edison  plant  of  steel  and  stone. 

Yours  truly. 

Telegraph  B.  &  0.  R,  R. 

Supt  of 

Baltimore,  Md. 

TTrlend  Selden: 

Many  thankB  for  your  favor  of  the  12th  inst.  The  "battery 
is  all  right. 

Yours  truly, 

June  19,  1901. 

A.  J.  Lockwood,  Esq., 

Pres.  Glen  Ridge  Park  Assn. 

Glen  Ridge,  R.  J. 

Daai*  Sirs 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  inst.,  I  "beg  to  etate 
that  I  would  "be  pleased  to  see  your  committee.  One  thing  I  can 
promise  you  in  view  of  the  nature  of  the  neighborhood,  I  shall 
only  "burn  anthracite  coal  and  do  everything  possible  to  render  the 
works  unobj  ectlonable . 

June  19,1901, 

Henry  R.  Jones,  Esq., 

Grand  Encampment,  ‘Wyoming: 

Friend  Jones: 

Your  favor  of  the  13th  Inst,  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  i  beg  to  state  that  we  have  tried  Utica  and  many  thousands  of 
instruments  are  using  them,  but  the  variations  in  manufacturing  an 
so  great  that  we  use  glass. 

JlHke  out  a  list  of  two  dozen  records,  I  want  to  send 
them  to  you  with  say  compliments. 


Yours  truly, 

June  20,  1901. 

Messrs,  Piiiing  &  Crane> 

Girard  Building, 

Philadelphia,  pa. 

Dear  Sirs: 

»  ha,,  an  inquiry  tree,  w  loMo„  s,ople  a8kln8  M  to 

^  ^rnaoee.  we  have  already  the 

report  iron,  the  stanhope  Pumaoe  and  wieh  yon  w„ula  ,,rlt,  UB  , 
letter  the  letter  head  „  the  Purn.o.  0^„y_  ^  ^ 
experience  you  had  with  the  briquettes. 

“  ^  ,M“  bMt’  ^erhapa  it  »l81l,  tetter  to  he,, 
ronr  euperintendent  write  the  tetter  and  re™*  „  t0  n.  „ 

“  poeelble,  as  we  are  anyone  to  iorward  it  to  the  London 
promptly.  *  * 



June  21,  1901. 

E0  H,  Johnson,  Esq., 

16  A.  Soho  gquare, 

London,  w .,  England, 
toy  Dear  Johnson: 

f  jrlx  ’  your  favor1  of  the  4th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  some  time  r ..  .  Herman  E.Dick  became  associated  with  me  in 

the  Ore  Killing  schen  in  Europe  and  now  has  charge  of  the  "Foreign 
end.  of  my  new  battery. 

Dick  will  do  nothing  abroad  with  the  battery  until 
my  factory  is  complete  here  and  I  am  turning  out  batteries  commer¬ 
cially.  You  will  probably  see  Dick  the  next  time  he  visits  England, 
as  he  often  3peake  of  meeting  you  in  London. 

Yours  truly, 

polled  to  repurify. 


furnish  it 

lasonably  free 

B.  V.  Covert  Co., 

66  Market  St., 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  21st  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  expeot  my  f aotory  v/illhe  ready  about  JTov.  1st  to  turn  out  from 
20  to  30  seta  of  automobile  batteries  daily.  Can  not  give  you 
prices  exactly,  but  think  they  will  be  about  the  same  as  lead 
batteries  per  horsw-power-hour. 

I  may  wan';  tie  or  two  of  your  run  abouts  a  little  later 

i:„  Dunning,  Esq., 

Vie oiiani c sburg ,  Pa. 

Dear  bir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  inBt.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  did  not  promise  you  a  position,  but  I  said  that  as  soon  as 
I  oould  find  an  opening  that  I  would  give  you  a  ohanoe. 

Tours  truly, 

<rntn,  L\  V$*A#r, 

The  Brooklyn  Trust  Co., 


New  York. 

Bear  Sirs; 

Kindly  advise  me  what  rate  you  will  make  me  a  four  months 
loan  for  $10,000  secured  hy  Twenty  (20)  5^  gold  Bonds  of  the 
Edison  Phonograph  Works,  par  value  $1000  each.  You  have  made  two 
or  three  loans  to  me  previously  on  this  collateral. 

I  Beg  herewith  to  enclose  you  a  statement  showing  the 
financial  condition  of  the  Phonograph  Works. 

t  par  Kilowatt 

ig  at  firs'b  is 
at  300  watts  V 
fc-al ,  and  where 
r,  1)6  greatly  r 
battery.  ’ii 
ov/  charged  for 
unable  to  dete 
rging  under  a3 
attery  will  Is 
ttir.g  our  £  aoi 

s  24 tli.  inst .  (59 5 5 -TV)  win 
hour  is  about  85  pounds  ana  th 
for  automobile  a,,  the  dimensio 
sing  5-l/S"  square  x  12"  deep, 
cheapness  is  not  absolutely  es 
JduoeS  without  in  any  way  dimlr 
e  price  per  Kilowatt  hour  will 
lead  batteries  in  automobiles, 
at  any  depreciation  whatever  bj 
1.  sorts  of  conditions  and  it  if 
st  as  long  as  a  motor  or  dynamc 
ory  machinery  ready  and  hope  tc 
ere 5. ally  about  November  first  r 

batteries  com:. 

0.  D.  Collins,  Esq., 

.Pino  Lake,  Cal. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  26th  ult.  oame  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  I  heg  to  state  that  I  would  like  to  have  you  send  me  a 
couple  of  ounces  of  the  metal  hy.mail  and  he  sure  and  mark  it  sc 
X  can  tell  where  it  comes  from. 

Yours  truly. 


A.  W.  Fraser,  Esq. , 

64  Sparks  St., 

Ottawa,  Ont.,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  or  th.-geth  alt.,  I  bec  to  state 
that  I  .hall  hay  ay  -lole.1  1„  ope-  martat.  I  hay.  „o  arrangement 
with  the  combine  and  at  preeent  have  no  time  going  Into  Hlofcel  in  a 
mining  way,  but  later  I  may  to  .o',  Wenld  be  plea.eC  to  hay.  any  prin¬ 
ted  matter  report.,  geological  and  oth.rwl.e  yon  oonld  conveniently 

Yours  truly, 

X  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  oheck  for  $2240.00,  also  | 

six  months  note  for  $6000.00,  the  same  to  take  care  of  my  note  g 

held  by  Mr.  W.  T .  Alexander  which  falls  due  on  July  10th  for  $8000.00.,  ji 

the  interest  on  the  $8000.00  amounting  to  $240.00  is  included  in  the 
enclosed  check. 

Kindly  return  the  old  note,  and  thanking  you  very  much 

for  your  trouble,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 


c/o  D.  Van  No strand  &  Co,, 

23  Murray  St.,  New  York. 

Bear  f3ir: 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  at  what  price  you  can  get  me 
a  complete  set  of  "Beriohte  der  Deutschen  Chemisoses  Gesellschaft", 
also  at  what  price  you  can  get  me  "Danmers  Inorganic  Chemistry," 
and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

Glencoe,  Ill. 
Bear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  state  that  the  sample  of  Niokle  ore  came  duly 
to  hand.  Please  send  me  a  copy  of  any  reports  on  the  district  and 
mines  and  on  your  mine  as  well  and  all  particulars.  If  I  am  to  start 
on  working  up  a  process,  I  want  all  the  data  I  can  obtain. 

Youtb  truly, 

Cl  (.Wf  3  C>-> 

u.  s.  Si  "Brutus",  at.  Sea, 

Washineton,  r>.  c, 

Dear  Sir: 

^ ,  rr  '*■  “**-«.  <-.«%,„ 

^  «.  «a,  *n_  Cavite,  P.  _  ln  „Teral  aw,  ,0Oi 
an  aunt  say  that  it  caused  more  than  a  passing  interest  to  my  people 
^  as  1  raust  admit  that  It  seems  wonderful  to  me  t0 

***  ***  *  “O  «o»W  *  .areas,  euoh  vieieeitndei 

and  still  produce  satisfactory  results. 

a.  i,  ..  y.«  m  it.  i«»«y  ...  Bhortly  brlnr  Mt 

So».«,ta0  entirely  new  in  .He  w  or  reproduction,  end  X  r..a 

thl'  1"8*r"”“t'  been  a  hothy  -u 

considered  as  much  of  the  household  as  a  oiano  0r  ntw  . . 

I  de.ire  to  thnnk  you  for  ye„r  very  run  .»  complete  ^  „ 
the  particular  phonograph  that  you  have  and  you- letter  ein,  I  can 
»r.  you,  mat  in  w  .peoial  me  dedicated  to  the  phonograph  end  or 

Tours  very  truly, 


7  Amberley  House,  Forfolk  St., 

Xdndpn,  W.  C-. ,  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

July  13,  1901. 

Yours  of  Jun6  28th  at  hand.  The  delay  with  the  magnets  is  due 
first  to  the  failure  of  the  steel  people  to  ship  them  as  -agreed  and  second 
to  the  suggestion  of  Mr.  Riohards  himself,  that  instead  of  only  making  a 
complete  hank  of  Hematite  “Separators,  that  we  make  a  complete  Bank  of 
Magnetite  Separators  in  addition,  fill  a  required  that  we  Should  make 
and  experiment  with  wooden  model  to  get  heat  form  and  finally  to  obtain 
more  steel  castings. 

Regarding  Mr.  Richards  suggestion  that  we  erreot  a  small  plant 
at  the  mine  using  the  smaller  rolls  at  Edison,  I  would  say  that  the 
costs  of  Boilers,  Engines,  erection  of  even  wood  foundations,  errection 
expanses,  freight,  wages  etc.  would  amount  to  a  very  much-  larger  sum 
than  ho  .  ealizes.  America  iB  as  near  in  point  of  time,  and  it  y/ould  he 
very  much  cheaper  to  freight  and  sailing  vessel  several  hundred  tons  of 
the  ore  and  we  could  run  it  through  the  Cement  Crushing  plant  with 
practically  no  expense  at  all.  I  must  confess  that  I  do  not  see  the  use 
of  all  thin.  A.  glance  at  cost  sheets  of  almost  any  crushing  plant  for 
mere  crushing  will  show  that  this  is  not  a  large  item. 

'Uhe-  real  thing  is  to  he  certain  that  the  ore  can  he  mined  by  a 

itdam  shovel. 

Snd.  that  the  proposed  crushing  machinery  will  crush  five  ton  pieces  to 
insure  cheap  mining. 

3rd.  If  two  tons  of  crude  ore  -will  give  I  ton  of  briquettes. 

4th.  If  the  phosphoroua  oan  he  got  below  a  point  where  a  high  grade 
Bessemer  ore  is  obtained. 

Please  say  to  Mr.  Lawrence  that  I  could,  not  go  to  Norway 
as  requested  in  his  Cable.  I  am  making  preliminary  designs  for  the 
plants  and  hope  to  send  to  Lehmann  next  week  ground  plans  for  plant,  so 
he  can  procure  all  the  levels  for  the  Mill  site.  When  you  receive  the 
prints  send  them  to  Lehmann  at  once  by  .quickest  mail  route. 

As  soon  a3  the  Magnetic  outfit  with  men  leave  for  London, 

I  should  like  an  authorization  from  the  Company  to  build  one  improved 
briquetting  machine  and  one  baking  furnace,  so  I  can  design  the  plant 
at  the  Sea  for  briquetting. 

||  is  impossible  to  say  just  what  it  will  cost  to  make  this 
unit,  but  I  believe  it  Will  not  exceed  ten  thousand  dollars.  I  am  sure 
that  I  can  construct  oven  and  brioker  that  will  be  much  simpler,  cheaper 
to  build  ar'd  require  less  labor  than  those  at  Edison.  With  this  unit  no 
other  chungs a  us  far  as  I  know  will  be  necessary. 

The  expenses  for  Railroad  survey,  Lehmann,  Mill  Designing, 
Draughtsmen,  the  cost  of  Magnetic  Separators  and  London  tests  and  the 
proposed  Briquetting  unit.  The  Company  will  have  no  other  expenses,  as 


With  all  the  above  ana  the  general  designs  comjjle ted, 
close  estimates  of  cost  of  plants.  Railroad  etc.  can  he  obtained,  and 
then  before  any  further  money  is  risked,  Engineers  can  investigate  and 
report  on  the  whole  soheme.  They  will  have  the  advantage  of  seeing  the 
Cement  plant  in  operation  with  analagous  machinery,  also  the  Zinc  Works. 

Yours  -very  truly  ► 

J"  T*.  Holler,  Esq., 

Hotel  Tourrain, 
Boston,  Magg. 

Bear  Srir: 

July  15,  1901. 


reply  to  your  favor  of  the  14th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state  that 

L  n0t  M  hSre  ^  311  n6Xt  Week-  1  ■«  away  on  a  brief  vacation 

v-11  not  return  unti*  about  the  8th  of  August. 

Yours  truly, 

100  Broadway, 

Hew  York. 

Pear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  inst.,  I  beg  to  st.ate 
that  I  leave  for  Chatauqua  on  the  20th  and  will  telegraph  from  inhere 
when  1  will  come  up  to  Buffalo.  I  am  going  to  send  one  complete 
eight  plate  cell  and  parts. 

Yours  truly, 

W.  N.  Stewart,  Bag;., 

12  Osborns  Terraoe,  Clapham  Road, 

Xondon ,  S.  TT.,  England. 

W  Dear  Stewart: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  5th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  was  surprised  to  learn  that  you  had  bought  lungers  patents. 
You  will  find  that  they  have  no  value,  because  they  are  based  on  the¬ 
ory*  An  actual  experiment  will  prove  his  patents  bad  in  every 

Yours  truly., 

U.  s.  Geological  Survey, 
Washington,  D.  G. 

Will  you  kindly  give  me  a  list  of  the  publications  relating 
to  the  Nickel  deposits  of  Oregon.  I  would  also  like  to  obtain  a 
list  of  publications  of  other  Nickle  deposits.  Any  information 
you  can  give  me  in  regard  to  the  above  will  be  very  much  appreciated. 

,  jj.  Laird,  Esq., 

South  Amboy,  N.  J. 

1  beg  to  return  you  herewith  your  drawing  received  with 
•  favor  of  the  10th  inst.,  and  beg  to  state  that  I  do  not  care 


July  16,  1901. 


Schweiger,  Esq. , 

600  Amherst  St,, 

Buffalo,  IT.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  know  the  address  of  MR.  D.  A.  Goold. 

Yours  truly, 

July  16,  1901, 

W.  A.  Lynch,  Esq., 

o/o  Altaian,  Hiller  Co., 

Canton,  0. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  2nd  inBt. ,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  intend  making  the  batteries  myself  and  have  adopted  the  plan 
of  selling  them  to  all  manufacturers  of  automobiles.  There  will  he 
a  list  price  to  the  public  and  a  discount  to  Manufacturers,  and 
every  body  must  stick  to  the  price  or  we  will  not  sell.  This  gives 
a  guarantee  profit  to  the  manufacturers.  I  will  Bend  you  some  dat  in 
a  couple  of  months.  Yours  truly,  i'  ' 


July  16,  1901. 

A„  J.  He  ".ill an,  Eac,,. 

c/'c  Bank  of  Br..'.  .  ah  North' America, 

Wall  St.,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  2nd  inst.,1  Beg  to  state 
that  Before  you  arrive  in  this  country  I  will  he  away  on  a  short 
vacation  at  Chatauqua  and  will  not  return  Before,,  about ..  August  8th. 

I  have  had  two  men  on  the  ore  continuously,  and  we  have 
sucoeeded  so  far  in  putting  five  tons  into,  one  and  hope  to  put 
twenty  into  one  and  do  it  cheaply.  We  think  we  can  get  85^  of  coppe 
and  gold.  Our  sample  sent  us  does  not  assay  more  than  §3  gold  and 
2^  of  copper;  I  suppose  it  is  the  general  run  of  'the  mine  asked  for. 
Would  like  to  have  300  IBs.  additional.  If  you  are  going  West  you 
might  stop  over  and  Bee  me  at  Chat ua qua. 

Yours  truly, 


July  16',  1901 A 

Mr.  T.  W,  lee,  Gen'l.  Passenger  Agent, 

26  Exchange  Plaoe, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir:  " 

lly  v/ife  and  family  left  last  evening  by  your,  r,oad  for 
Buffalo.  A  week  or  more  prior  to  her  .departure  she  engaged  hef,- , 
sleeping  car  aocomodations  .through  the  ticket  agent  here  in  .Orange, 
v/ho  informed  her  that  he  had  engaged  for  her  sections,  9,  11  and  .J£. 
and  the  drawing  room,  in  car  1,  9  p.  M.  train,  July  15th.  ,  ,,, 

Upon  inquiring  for  these  in  Hoboken  last  evening  she  found., 
that  section  9  had  been  sold  to  another  party.,  The  agerit  dn  the  office 
by  name,  ¥.  A.  Currie  was  rather  short  in  hisM^eplies,iand)  coUld-not-v.  . 
r.lve  a  satisfactory  explanation.^,  Hrs,  Edison  ..was  very  much  incop- 
vmod  by  the  mistake,  carelessness  or  otherwise  of  the  agents. 

I  Jits*,  to  oall  your  attention  to  the  matter  as  you  doubt- 
\~e  avotioua  to.  prevent  -all  such  trouble?, • as  w-?  are  to  - 


IV : 

nnno  ( 

d«i,8  ;  - 

rr~ea ae  q.l:;?,e  on  Mica  arid,  commutator  bars  for  machines 
.  ■  *-«»  If  you  can  quote  low  enough  I  may  be  able  to  place 
- 1 th  you  it  tlle  Price  named  for  punuhings  eight  oents  and 
.  .  ■  it  wilt  bring  cost  to  twelve  oents  and  I  am  afraid 
aj>e  ;i°iPe  to  oost  more  than  we  can  buy  them  for 
-r^-1  Electric  whioh  is  eighteen  oents  per  pound  delivered. 
Yours  truly, 

Ticket  Agent,  D.  Xi.  &  W. 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

July  18,  19Q1. 

Dear  Sir: 

-I  beg  to  advise  you  that  Kr.  Edison  will  acoept  the  seat 
which  the  writer  spoke  to  you  about  this  afternoon,  in  the  observa¬ 
tion  car  which  leaves  Hew  York  at  10  A,  IT.  Saturday  July  20thffor 
Buffalo.  He  says  that  if  you  oan  get  him  a  hatter  seat  it  will  he 
very  much  appreciated. 

Yours  truly, 

Geo.  W.  Littleton,  Es<L., 
Hew  York. 

3)ear  Sir: 

July  18,1301. 

Tour  favor  of  the  16th  inst.  addressed  to  Mr.  -Edison  dame 
duOy  to  hand,  and  in  reply  I  beg  to  return  you  herewith  the  list  as 
Mr.  Edison  is  away  on  his  vacation  and  not  ejected  back  until  the 
middle  of  August. 

Yours  truly, 


E.O.  IS.  S.  #8. 

practical  Engineer  t-o  take  such  natters  up  and  adapt  the  machinery 
for  each  particular ■ case .  If  you  Intend  going  into  the  business 
of  selling  the  rolls  to  the  various  Companies,  a  first  class 
practical  mechanical  engineer  should  he  employed  by  the  Syndicate 
who  7rf.ll  devote  all  his  time  to  this  work  and  the  American  Company 
will  be  very  glad  to  furnish  all  plans-  and  details  to  him  at  cost. 

My  advice,  however,  is  not  to  waste  either  time  or  money 
in  peddling  machinery,  but  work  only  on  a  large  scale;  for  instance, 
there  is  the  'Portland- cement  matter  to  be  worked  up. 

Mr.  Ball  ant  ine  will  go  to  England  With  magnetite 
separator,  hematite  separator,  dust  cleaner  and  with  full  supply  of 
Dander  land  ore  already  to  make  l«'<tr.» 

The  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate , Ltd. , 

4,  7,  Aaberley  House, 

Norfolk  Street, Strand, 

Dear  Sirs:- 


JWly  19,1901. 

Youra  of  the  29th  ul 'a.  answering  Mr.  Dick's  telegram 
iskiug:  "’Why  do  you  not  pay  Edison's  bills  for  work  done"  is  fully 


It  is  our  practice  at  the  Laboratory  to  render  bills 
without  profit,  as  cash  is  paid  out  weekly,  we  always  expect 
the  tills  be  paid  promptly.  Will  you  please  arrange  at  the  neat 
meeting  of  your  board  that  they  give  the  proper  officers  authority 
to  promptly  pay  bills  for  work  authorized. 

Yours  truly, 

July  20,  1901, 

W.  L.  Edison,  Esq., 

Bernards ville ,  H.  J. 

Bear  Si.  ; 

Your  telegram  of  the  19th  inst,  addressed  to  your  father 
came  duly  to  hand,  and  in  reply  I  beg  to  state  that  he  started  this 
morning  for  a  vacation  and  will  not  be  baok  until  some  time  around  the 
middle  of  August.  If  you  want  to  oome  out  on  Wednesday  with  the  Pootor 
and  have  him  see  me,  let  me  know  and  I  will  be  here.  T/hat  I  oan  not 
understand  is  why  Dr.  Jones  has  to  bring  an  assistant  with  him. 

I  have  written  Dr.  Jones  stating  that  your  father  has  gone 
away  ,:r  a  vacation  and  is  not  expected  back  urtil  the  middle  of  August, 
and  no  doubt  will  near  fro?-,  ou  in  regard  to  the  appointment  for 

Yours  truly, 

C  ,/f 


View  York.  ' 

Dear  Sir : - 

Koplying  ■''  yowru  of  the  19 ta  inst.,  I  beg  herewith  to 

end  “i.-at-  etrt haste  or  costs  baaed  on  an  output  cf  10,000 
barrel r  ~-T  cement  ps*  day  of  twenty-four  houre.  You  v.ill  note,  on 
page  four  '.vs  figure  it  Is' possible  to  make  cement  at  about  twenty 
cents  (20)  per  barrel  not  bagged  or  barrelled.  To  this  amount 
you  may  add  whatever  you  .think  necessary  to  cover  the  Innumerable 
contingencies!  which  may  arise  and  cost  money.  -  "  **V 

Second-  Statement  giving  expenditures  to  April  ljlJBCl, 
and  estimate  cf  the  cost  necessary  to. complete  the  plant  -qp  tb  a 
oapftoity  of  4 COO  barrels  per  day.  This  shows  where  tie  $«CX>,006 
will  be  used.  It  is  the  intention  to  further  increase  the 
Cipaoity  of  the  plant  in  units  of  1500  barrels  from  kLb  eithnlhfcs, 
tote  A  Mk£*sm  capacity  of  10, OCX)  barrels  Is  reK&fed. 

ttHTrdi-  A  ethttettdht  giving  the  list  of  ifitbiflsholdbf s  the 
Iw^airiy  as  of  April  C3rd,1901« 

Fourth-  A  copy  of  latter  written  bylkr.  fltdittNito  one  of 
our  ^i^-^ctora  stating  why  a  further  oe&B.  of  Wei  idbiiirdbtLfei 

we  alee  beg*  herewith  to  enclose  letted  of  itftfodho’tibb:  4b 

July  24,  1901, 

Tfcu  T,r ■■  i.rr-v.  Trust.  Co.. 

198  ."...•ntacuB  St., 

BrooJfl, v,  Y. 

Dear  oira: 

Kindly  advise  me  what  rate  you  will  make  me  a  four  months 
loan  for  $10,000  secured  by  Twenty  (20)  5^  gold  bonds  of  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Works,  par  value  $1,000  each.  You  have  made  two  or  three 
loana  to  mo  previously  on  this  collateral. 

I  beg  herewith  to  enolose  you  a  statement  showing  the 
financial  condition  of  the  Phonograph  Works. 

Yours  very  truly, 

:r?.T  ac£T 



t  ''Btisol 



rKMJSira  of  assets  and  liabilities 

for  ■ 

iear  eriUnj  March  1,  1899. 
CAPITAL  STOCK  $600,000. 

Cash  and  Accounts  Receivable 
Machinery  and  Tools, 

Real  Estate  and  Buildings,  in- 
oluding  Furniture  and  Fittings, 
viator ials, -raw,  finished  and  in 
process  of  manufacture 
Manufacturing  Bights  wider  oon- 

models»  drawings,  stock  in 
other  concerns,  etc.  etc., 

Bonds  (5$  Gold), 

Mortgage , 

Accounts  find  Notes  Payable, 
Total , 

Assets  over  Liabilities, 
Warnings , 






$  84,097.85. 


T  n.OOl 
goficrM  . 



Year  ending  March  1,  1900, 
CAPITAL  STOCK  $600,000. 

Cash  and  Accounts  Receivable, 
Machinery  and  Too  1b, 

Real  Estate  and  Buildings,  in¬ 
cluding  Furniture  and  Fittings, 
Materials — raw,  finished  and  in 
process  of  manufacture, 

Manuf  act  tiring  Rights  under  con¬ 
tract,  models,  drawings,  stock  in 
other  ooncerns,  etc.  etc., 

$  81,301.79 

Total , 

Totp.l , 

Assets  over  Liabilities 
Earnings , 





$574.701.85 . 

Woods  Motor  Vehicle  Co., 

51  B.  44th  Street, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Slrs:- 

Your  man  was  with  us  the  middle  of  last  week  and  took 
our  carriage  apart  and  left,  stating  he  would  return  the  day  follow 
lag  or  send  some  one.  Dp  to  thia  writing  we  have  Been  or  heard 
nothing  from  him. 

This  carriage  is  used  in  going  from  our  Works  here 
to  the  new  Works  at  Glen  Bidge  and  we  are  much  inoonvenienced  hy 
not  having  the  use  of  it,  and  would  appreciate  it  if  you  would  send 
us  the  new  parts; in  case  •'■our  man  cannot  come  out,  we  will  have  our 

people  put  them  in. 



Aug.  5,  1901. 

V/,  TO.  j'awison,  Esq.  s 

pro  apt i- 1  Park  Hotel, 

Catskill,  IT.  Y. 

Dear  Will : 

I  -beg  to  advise  yau  that  there  was  a  party  called  here  at 
the  Laboratory  and  offered  to  give  ua  $60  for  the  bit oh  and  all  of 
the  pups.  (8)  Will  you  sell  them  at  that  price  or  shall  we  carry 
out  your  instructions  and  send  the  seven  pups  to  the  ITew  York  Dog 
Exchange  and  keep  one  here  for  you. 

An  early  reply  will  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 


Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Sudbury,  Ont., 



Your  letter  in  regard  to  pony  came  duly,  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  '£  beg  to  state  that  Thomas  has  looked  all  around  for  a  pony 
and  lias  only  been  able  to  find  one  for  the  price  mentioned  ($100.) 

>V  very  fine  looking  pony  but  he  is  not  safe' for  Master  Charles 

••  -^,-,2  ivoulfl  not  advise  our  purchasing  him. 

At  present  j  do  no1.;  think  you  will  be  able  to  get  a  pony 
,  iiiKX:.  as  ail  the  ponies  which  Thomas  has  looked  at  are  from 
■■'  C."  t«  $200.  M  vm  Li,  ..;=ep  or.  lookirg  around  and  if  we  find  a  good 
:  Jlf/  por  the  price,  we  v/ilJ  purchase  him,  but  if  we  do  not,  we  will 
where  we  can  buy  the  best  pony  for  the  least  money  and  await 
yw,u-  arrival  here  so  you  can  look  at  the  pony  and  be  satisfied  with 
the  price  before  pur  chasing  same. 

Trusting  this  will  meet  with  your  approval,  I  remain, 
Yours  truly, 

w  &  tv  *  -  ■ 

LMa.^1 Wv  31-  1*101 

VY9  a'x*J  2j//  lfy- 

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^fcflcJrs  tkb  6zn,a.'  <&oL.ZOn  (?crf4^C**ycb  (Jyi^ASd^  (ctuyjayu^/ 

QAv  far.  jf.  (? iuaacIlmA'  fa",  i.  lyiaMcrji .  U*  (/hiucUvU),  9?.  $. 

(ft (Masac^  fF/iSLOLQAAJWxj'  &asx.cL/  (ft-  (■  (jioaacJ'  iaaieJcu^j,  c^dU  r~thavu 

OlcL dbvlAAJ  AA>  thl  ft'i'j. cj •.'.'.)  fd/.JjjcLu »A^,  ,  (P&4*~J '■ 

A  crwi/L  Hf  ' 

ftft^i^nouz  Q .  (doLM 


iLur  ieUSr  and  cue-pies  received.  I  will  have  them 

tested.  I  understand  that  Ketnllic  Hiokel  is  found  in  Oregon  in 
Josephine  county  and  called  “ Jo sep3a nits'*  I  am  in  the  market  for  a 
jiood  nickel  deposit;  oan  not  you  pan  along  the  streams  and  find  out 
the  rocks  where  the  Josephinite  cames  from.  If  you  could  locate  the 
mine  and  it  could  he  profitably  worked,  I  might  he  able  to  make  you 
a  good  proposition „  I  know  of  the  deposit  in  Riddles,  Oregon  hut  the 
grade  is  low  and  there  is  no  good  process,  hut  the  Josephinite  could 
he  easily  worked. 

Your a  truly, 


Mrs.  W.  L.  13(119011, 

1  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  letter  received  from 
Vfcu  33.  Titus,  Ba3kenridge,  H.  1.  in  regard  to  a  grocery  bill.  I  would 
like  very  much  if  this  bill  is  correot,  if  you  will  have  Mr.  Ylilliam 
•fix  it  up,  as  this  man  has  written  several  times,  and  the  first 
thing  we  know  he  will,  call  here  to  see  Mr.  Edison  and  if  he  does  he 
will  surely  make  trouble,  v.-r.i.',  ;•  Lelut-n  un.:l  ur;^  1  *■- 

Anything  you  can  do  to  fix  this  up  will  be  very  much 
appreciated.  , 

Yours  truly 

Sep.  4,  1901. 


Prudential  Bldg . , 

Newark,  H.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  22nd  ult.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  think  we  better  not  trouble  Twombly.  They  do  not  seem  to 
appreciate  our  efforts  and  start  accusing  us  instead.  Let  them  look 
out  for  themselves. 

E.  P.  Earle ,  E3q.. , 

29  Liberty  St., 

“ar  .  you.  -  «  —  -  »W.  X  ~  -  ■“* 

MU.  Mi  -  n*  “PE 



J •  H.  Winslow,  EBq. , 

o/o  Sweet,  DempBter  <*  Co., 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Sear  sir: 

I  have  just  received,  yours  of  August  6th.  Erash  process 
may  he  all  right  hut  there  is  evidently  something  wrong  with  hiB 
Company  as  the  mine  they  were  operating  and  which  I  visited  at 
Sudhury  shut  down  two  weeks  before  1  arrived.  They  had  a  very  good 
body  of  4^  ore;  of  course  the  Oregon  proposition  is  quite  a  different 

Yours  truly, 


Letterbook,  LB-067 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  September  1901 -March  1902.  Most  of 
the  correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters 
by  Walter  S.  Mallory,  John  V.  Miller,  and  others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the 
planning  and  construction  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  plant  at 
Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  There  are  also  numerous  letters  concerning  the 
technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline  storage  battery  and 
Edison's  search  in  the  Sudbury  district  of  Ontario  and  other  locations  for  sources 
of  nickel  for  his  battery.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  erection  of  an  iron 
ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with 
the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  as  well  as  other  items  pertaining  to 
Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  are  also  a  few  letters 
dealing  with  the  domestic  phonograph  business  and  the  defunct  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Co.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are 
several  letters  to  Kermit  Roosevelt  regarding  an  exchange  of  autographs 
between  Edison  and  Theodore  Roosevelt,  correspondence  with  Herman  E.  Dick 
concerning  Edison's  health  problems,  and  a  letter  to  Thomas  C.  Martin  about 
Edison's  etheric  force  experiments  in  1875. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Personal 
Letter  Book  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  Sept.  5, 1 901  to  March  13,1 902."  There  is  a 
label  on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  500  numbered 
pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  25  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected. 

Sep.  7,  1901. 


Orange,  N.  J. 
Pear  Sir: 

Will  you  please  have  kept  out  of  my  box  letters^for  the  fol¬ 
lowing  persons  find,  have  them  delivered  hy  the  carriers  at  my  house 
in  Llewellyn  Park,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison 
Miss  Madeline  Edison 
Master  Charles  Edison 
Mary  I’laherty 
Thomas  Conroy 
Mrs.  Thomas  Conroy 
Master  Theodore  Edison 

Jennie  Searles 
Catharine  Gorham 
Michael  Cox 

Olcott. Payne,  Esq., 

237  Burke  Bldg., 

Seattle,  Washington. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  5th  Inst.,  I  beg  t0  ,tal. 
«.at  I  suppose  you  refer  to  the  Silioate  of  Motel  deposits  of 
Oregon  and  Washington,  If  j  have  a  great  amount  or  data  re¬ 
garding  them  hut  so  far  the  grades  are  too  low  for 
working  compared  to  the  Canada  deposits.  I  would,  however,  like 
data  as  1  Intend  sending  a  man  out  neat  summer  to  visit  this  el... 
of  mines. 

Yours  truly, 

Sep.  12,  1901. 

Cruoible  Graphite  Co., 

141  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  11th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  am  looking  up  two  other  properties  and  later  on  I  may  call 
on  you  in  regard  to  Calumet  deposit. 

Yours  truly, 

Sep.  12,  1901. 

Submerged  Electric  Motor  Co., 

Menoraonie , 

Bunn  Co . ,  Wis. 

Dear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  have  not  forgotten  the  submerged  motor  and  when  the  time 
comes  I  shall  order  some  for  Florida.  We  are  erecting  works  here 
for  manufacturing  the  battery.  The  special  tools  alone  cost 
$160000.00,  so  you  see  it  would  be  impracticable  to  license. 

Yours  truly, 

Messrs.  Evans  &  Co., 

Et,  Myers,  Fla. 

Dear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  7th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  there  is  a  party  at  Marco  who  is  now  building  a  house  boat 
for  a  man  in  Newark.  The  Marco  man  made  the  plan,  its  the  address 
of  this  man  that  I^would  like  to  get.  If  any  of  your  local  men 
will  submit  plans  with  price  would  be  glad  to  take  the  matter  up. 

The  boat  is  merely  a  flat  boat,  to  draw  not  more  than 
18"  of  water,  with  upper  and  lower  deck,  four  sleeping  rooms  with 
upper  and  lower  berths  in  each,  a  sitting  room  on  top  deck  or 
otherwise  a  kitchen,  water  closet,  bath  room,  awning  on  top  deck  or 

This  boat  is  to  be  towed  about  by  a  small  Launch. 

Thos.  W.  C-ihBon,  Esq. , 

Director  of  the  Bureau  of  Mines, 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Sirs 

Maps  received,  for  whioh  receive  my  thanks.  They  will 
he  of  great  aid  to  me.  I  have  navl2  prospectors  at  Sudbury  and 
next  Summer  will  put  on  24  additional..  I  think  you  have  a  very  rich 
mineral  Country. 

Yours  truly, 

Louis  T.  Grant,  Esq., 

Hotel  Imperial, 

Broadway  &  #2nd  St., 

Hew  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  Inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  am  fitting  up  to  test  your  motor.  As  to  guarantee  I  think 
that  if  I  guarantee  on  Jan.  1st,  sixteen  months  at  the  end  of 
which  there  will  he  no  depreciation.  You  should  he  willing  to 
assume  the  balance  of  the  risk. 

Yours  truly, 

J.  H.  Winslow,  Esq., 

o/o  Sweet,  Dempster  &  Co., 

Chioago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  just  at  present  negotiating  with  some  owners  of 
.'V.:  mines  at  Sudbury,  Canada  with  a  view  of  working  the  same  on 
a  royalty  basis.  I  have  personally  visited  them  and  can  calculate 
rather  olosely  the  cost  of  producing' Nickel  therefrom.  The  royalty 
asked  is  one  dollar  per  ton  of  ore  from  the  mines  and  a  minimum 
of  100  tons  daily.  The  ore  assays  3.78  per  oent  Nickel  some  cobalt 
and  1/2  per  cent  Copper.  The  only  reason  I  hesitate  is  the  large 
minimum  tonnage  required,  the  presence  of  Copper  and  Cobalt  and 
the  necessity  of  building  a  wagon  road  six  miles  to  the  property. 

If  it  was  not  so  late  in  the  season  I  would  go  out  to  Riddles 
myself  and  look  over  the  deposits.  I  believe  I  could  devise  a 
cheaper  process  for  the  Silicate  ore  than  the  Sudbury  one  and  the 
bother  of  Copper  -eto.  would  be  eliminated,  however,  I  shall  not  make 
any  arrangement-.  ?..;-e  Spring  and  perhaps  I  will  go  out  to  Riddles 
then.  What  is  the  earliest  date  fair,  weather  sets  in  and  snow  is 
off  at  Riddles.  If  not  too  much  trouble  would  like  your  caretaker 
to  send  me  a  barrel  of  moderate  grade  by  freight.  I  am  working 
with  the  ore  you  sent  me  and.  this  will  not  last  much  longer.  While 
my  primary  purpose  is  only  to  obtain  Nickel  for  my  battery  and  not 

#2.  J.  H.  W. 

for  sale.  I  would  in  case  a  good  process  was  obtained  probably 
go  into  the  market  on  a  large  scale. 

Yours  truly, 


James  S.  Biery,  Bsq. , 
Attorney  at  Law, 

Allentown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Sep.  14,  1901. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  5th  inst 
that  I  would  like  very  much  to  have  you  give  me 
party  who  bought  the  graphite  Mine. 

Yours  truly, 

. ,  I  beg  to  state 
the  address  of  the 


Sep.  14,  1901. 

D.  L.  Mo  Lean,  Esq., 

Ottawa,  Ont., 


Dear  Sir: 

Yours  of  Aug o  20th  at  hand.  I  have  been  out  in.  the  woods 
at.  Sudbury  and  find  the  letter  on  ray  return. to  Orange,  II.  J.  I 
have  visited  nearly  every  nickel  Mine  in  the  distriot  and  am  pretty 
well  informed.  If  you  will  Btate  the  name  and  location  of  the  mine 
I  will  write  ray  men  to  examine  it.  They  will  remain  in  Sudbury 
district  until  Dec.  1st..  I  do  not  intend  to  produce  Nickel  for 
sale  in  the  market,  "but  for  use  in :my  new  Storage  Battery  and  would 
prefer  to  work  a  mine  on  a  royalty  per  ton  basis,  with  a^guarantee 
minimum  tonnage  yearly  to  hold  the  mine.  I  have  several  proposi¬ 
tions  already  in  this  basis.  The  deciding  factors  will  be  grade  ' 
cheapness  of  mining  and  proximity  to  railroad  and  terms. 

Yours  truly, 


J  f 

J .  Hall  Jr,,  Esq., 

Sec.  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  ltd., 

London,  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

Will  you  Please  write  Mr.  Lehman  to  make  a  lot  of  good, 
photographs  of  mines,  river,  falls,  also  at  Mo,  harbor,  etc.  not 
only  for  our  information  here  hut  use  in  prospectus. 

2nd.  I  think  you  should  use  Consul  Pierson  for  purpose  of  getting 
opinions  of  prominent  Geologist  in  Norway  and  Sweeden  as  to  the 
greatness  of  the  deposit,  etc.  for  embodying  in  the  prospectus 
ITorj  odenskolds  opinion  if  now  living  would  carry  great  weight. 

You  should  have  Turritini  rewrite  his  report  on  the  water 
power,  bringing  out  simply  the  value  and  amount  of  available  horse 
power  at  the  Benfossen  and  to  make  estimates  of  costs  for  10,  20  and 
40,000  horse  power  or  maximum  the  falls  will  give  and  to  give  as 
glowing  a  report  as  to  reliability,  cheapness  of  utilization  of  this 
power  that  the  truth  will  permit. 

Would  like  London  office  to  collect  all  data  now,  so 
it  can  be  ready  for  our  estimates  in  relation  to  costB  F.  0.  B. 
Scotch  Blast  Furnace  or  other  pitch,  also  coal  tar  in  tankB  from 
which  the  valuable  material  has  been  distilled  off,  leaving  still 
a  liquid  tar  used  for  softening  the  pitch,  also  freight  rates  to 
Mo  of  same.  Also  soft  coal  prices  F.  0.  B.  at  cheapest  port  and 

Sep.  16,  1901. 

#2.  j.  h.  .Jr. 

freight  to  Mo.,  analysis  and  quality  of  coal. 

r  Lehmn  must  come  over  with  Railroad  Engineer  loaded  with 
labor  and  supply  data,  costs,  etc.  All  the  estimates  will  he 
made  here  at  Laboratory. . 

Magnets  and  men  go  direct  to  London  on  18th  Sept. 

Yours  truly, 

T.  I.  Crane,  Esq., 

Girard  Bldg., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Sep.  16,  1901. 

Pear  Mr,  Crane: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  +>,«  " 

..  .  _  .  x  the  13th  inst-»  I  teg  to  state 

that  I  was  at  Stewartsville  all  day  ian+  „  *  „ 

cay  last  Saturday,  but  will  try 

and  go  7/ith  you  next  Saturday. 

Yours  truly. 



16,  1901. 

W.  S.  Pilling,  Esq. , 

Girard  Bldg., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Dear  Mr.  Pilling: 

We  have  had  a  fair  run  on  Roaster  and  can  do  40  hhls. 
per  hour  on  90  lhs.  of  Coal.  With  the  50  ft.  extension  which  will 
go  on  to  replace  the  35  ft.  we  took  off  before  our  last  run,  we 
shall  I  think  when  things  are  running  smooth  get  between  40  and 
50  hhls.  on  a  coal  consumption  of  75  lhs.  being  15  lhs.  more  than 
I  thought. 

We  have  decided  to  move  roaster  to  Stewartsville,  erect 
it  just  as  it  is  to  work  and  finish  our  test  there.  We  have  got 
about  all  the  results  we  want. 

Yours  truly, 


Sep.  17,  1901. 

Trustcott  Boat  1'ifg .  Co., 

St.  Joseph,  Mioh. 

Bear  Sirs: 

I  want  a  boat  for  use  in  Florida  with  steam  engine  and 
•boiler,  the  later  to  burn  pine  wood,  coal  oan  not  he  obtained 
where  boat  is  to  be  used:  This  boat  is  to  be  used  to  tow  a  small 
house  boat  from  point  to  point  and  to  visit  nearest  points  of  supply  for 
provisions.  Boat  should  not  draw  over  24  inches,  the  less  the  better; 

6  miles  or  even  5  miles  hour  will  answer.  I  also  want  tv/o'very  light 
row  boats  for  fishing  away  from  house  boat. 

Please  give  me  your  idea  of  what  is  necessary,  with 
any  photos  and  information  with  prices  F.  0.  B.  all  complete. 

Yours  truly 

Sec.  Edison  Ore  Killing  Syndicate,  Ltd., 

Tills  will  introduce  to  you  Hr.  James  Ballentlne  who  has  c 
to  London  to  take  charge  of  the  Kagnetic  Separator.  I  have  pal'd  hi 
salary  up  to  Oct.  1st  1901  and  from  that  time  until  he  returns  to 
my  Laboratory  he  should  be  paid  a  salary  of  one  hundred  and  seventy 
five  dollars  per  month  and  expenses. 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  four  months  note  for 
8.510.00,  also  my  check  for  §020.00,  the  same  to  take  care  of  ray  note 

and  thanking  you  very  much  for  the  accomodation,  I  remain, 

Dominion  Mineral  Co., 

I  already  have  several  propositions  from  owners  of  Hickel 
properties  to  permit  me  to  work  them  on  a  royalty  "basis  per  ton  with 
a  guaranteed  amount  of  royalty  per  year.  The  amount  of  royalty 
per  ton  of  smelting  ore  has  been  set  at  $1  "by  nearly  all  the  , 
parties,  the  only  question  is  xx  the  minimum  cassh  sum  to  be  paid 
annually  to  hold  the  lease,  the  same  to  be  allowed  in  ore  at 

One  dollar.  The  minim' 

1  of  the  different  owners  varies  fror 

$3,000  to  $20,000  yearly.  After  I  have  received  an  approximate 
idea  of  the  requirements  of  the  different  owners,  I  will  be  in  a 
position  to  decide  which  proposition  will  be  most  advantageous, 
taking  railroad  facilities,  grade  of  ore,  ease  of  mining,  etc.  into 

In  the  case  of  the  Worthington,  I  should  want  included 
the  whole  of  the  property  of  the  Company  at  and  about  Worthington. 

[  have  surveyed  the  property  magnetically  and  find  that  there  are  3 
Lenses  of  ore  in  the  2  miles  and  that  the  gossan  connecting  these 
3  lenses  is  only  indicative  that  they  are  connected  together  by  a 
small  stringlet  of  ore  not  possible  to  work.  I  could  not  avail 


Nickel  Copper  Co., 

Hamilton,  Ont., 



I  am  at  present  negotiating  with  several  Nickel  mine  owners 
in  ".he  Sudbury  District  with  a  view  of  -  working  a  mine  on  a  royalty 
per  ton  basis,  with  a  guaranteed  minimum  sum  per  annum  to  hold  the 
lease f all  have  agreed  upon  a  basis  of  one  dollar  per  ton  of  smelting 
ore,  but  there  is  a  great  variation’ in  the  minimum  amount  of 
money  to  be  paid  yearly  to  hold  the  lease,  the  same  to  be  paid  for 
in  ore  when  mined.  The  variation  is  from  $3,000  to  $20,000  yearly. 

I  would  like  an  expression  on  your  part  if  you  would  lease  any  of 
your  mines  so  that  I  can  be  enabled  to  figure  out  the  most  at¬ 
tractive,  property,  as  to  ease  of  mining,  quality  of  ore,  proximity 
of  railroad,  etc.  I  have  personally  visited  most  of  the  mines, 
except  of  the  Northern  Range. 



Yours  truly, 



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I  send  .you  a  roughly  drawn  contract,  which  would  he  about 

the  right  thing.  I  have  asked  for  about  all  the  land  worth  surveying. 
The  Commissioner  may  be  aghast  at  the  amount,  but  I  think  my  twenty 
four  .men  can  cover  it  within  the  s^x  months.  By  the  terms  of  the 
contract  I  must  immediately  lease  permanently  or  release  at  once 
each  lot  immediately  after  surveying  it.  I  think  I  can  release 
about  30  full  lots  every  month  and  perhaps  more;  there  is  about 
190  lots,  so  its  rather  fair.  I  think  there  would  be  no  objection 
to  a  clause  whereby  the  Commissioner  could  on  giving ’30  days  notice 
abrogate  the  lease  or  any  part  of  it  if  any  trouble  came  from  it, 
but  the  ground  has  been  so  well  prospected  and  the  area  I  apply  for 
is  mostly  deeply  covered  and  can  not  be  prospected  except  by  Magne¬ 
tic  needle,  that  I  do  not  fear  any  trouble.  , 

Do  you  think  that,  there  should  be  a  nominal  consideration 
given  say  $500  or  do  you  think  the  consideration  I  give  is  sufficient, 
namely;  making  a  magnetic  survey  of  the  territory  rapidly  and  in  a 
proper  manner  furnishing  copies  of  the  survey  to  the  Geological 
Dept,  and  taking  up  and  paying  regular  prices  for  lots  or  portion 
of  lots  upon  which  minerals  are  discovered. 

Yours  truly, 

Thomas  T.  (Jaunt,  Esq., 
11  West  36th  St., 

New  York. 

Deal*  Sir: 

I  "beg  to  acknowledge  reoeipt  of  your  check  for  $1,000, 
being  part  payment  for  $5,000  worth  of  bonds  of  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.  and  when  the  full  amount-  $5,000  is  paid  as  called  for 
I  agree  to  give  you  twenty  five  shares  of  the  capital  stock  of  th< 
Edison  Storage  BatteiyCo., 


Sep.  25,  1901, 

H.  E.‘  Dick,  Esq., 

154  Lake  St., 

Chicago,  Ill. 

My  Dear  Dick; 

Your  favor  of  the  21st  inst.  came  duly  to  hand,  -and  in' reply 
I  Leg  to  state  that  Ballentine  has  gone,  hut  the  railroad  fail-ed  to 
deliver  the  goods  to  steamey  so  they  will  go  next  .Saturday.  I 
.should  say  that  he  will  not  have  separator  ready  before  five  weeks 
from  this  date,  so  you  will  he  in  time  if  you  leave  in  a  month.  We 
can  learn  hy  oahls  when  he  will  he  ready. 

In  one  month  I  can  have'  estimates  of  Millsand  if  Lehmann 
and  railroad  engineer  shows  up,  we  ought  to  have  every  thing  estimated 
hy  Oot.  10th. 



Sep.  25,1901. 

/  / 

J.  P.  Gilliland,  Rsq. , 

Adrian,  Mi oh. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  would  not  reoommend  any  charging  set  using  gasolene,  I  think 
coal  oil  is  the  best  and  vfliat  I  think  is  far  preferable  is  coal.  Re¬ 
garding  my  storage  battery,  I  beg  to  state  that  I  do  not  care  to  give 
out  any information  in  regard  to  same  until  my  factory  is  completed 
to  manufacture  it. 

Yours  truly, 



Sep.  25,1901. 

U»  S.  Automobile  Co., 

Attleboro,  Mas3. 

Dear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  inst..,  I  beg  to  state 
that  wd  are  not  yet  ready  to  put  our  batteries  upon  the  market. 



are  we  will  let  you  know. 

Yours  truly, 


aon  Ore  Milline  Syndicjjj>«^‘i,td. ,  j 

7  Amber  ley  Hoyj»6^Horf>^  St.,/  .  ' 

London,  V.  C.»  Englfnd. 

Dear  Sirs: , 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  statement  of  Toy  account 
amounting  to  $6768.07.  Kindly  sehd  check  by  return  mail, 
and  greatly  oblige, 

Youre  truly. 

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X  Tj«c  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  check  for  §66.67,  and. 
m  place  of-  same  jvlease  send  me  draft  on  Berlin  payable  to  the 
order  of  Mrs.  liar  ion  35.  Oeser,  and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  truly, 

fL  a  '■ 

fleo.  Edison  Ore  Killing  .Syndicate,  Ltd., 
London,  England. 

Bear  Sir: 

X  bee  to  enclose  you  herewith  copy  of  "a  letter  given  m< 
*  ‘ir*  TjR'7r<,nCe  0:5  Sep*  10th»#  authorizing  me  to  spend  §15,000  on 
-  briquetting  plant  (ovens  etc).  Will  you  kindly  have 

r-nr  to.wany  confirm  same  by  letter,  and 
Youre  trul 

greatly  oblige, 


Sep.  30,1901. 


0.  S.  Automobile  Co., 

AUtleboro,  Mass , 

Dear  Sirs; 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  26th  inst.,  1  beg  to  Btate 
that  the  machine  works  will  he  completed  by  Deo.  1st  and  the  chemical 
works  hy  Jan.  ist  as  far  as  I  can  see.  Our  capacity  at  first  will 
te  25  automobile  batteries  daily,  but  we  can  rapidly  increase  the 
output  when  we  are  once  Btarted. 

Yours  truly, 

C.  Ri  Chrisholm,  Esq. , 
Murray  Hill  Hotel, 
Hew  York. 

Sep.  30,1901. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  2.5th  inst.,  I  beg  to  Btate 
that  I  remember  you  very  well.  I  have  no  experience  in  financiering, 
having  always  attended  to  the  technical  end  of  my  enterprises. 

Yours  truly, 

no  graph  Co . , 

A.  K.  Keller,  Sag.., 

e/o  Frank  iT.  Os  nun ,  P<  nr. 

19  South  9th  St,,  Philadelphia',  Pa.  ■  ■ 

Pear  Kellers 

Your  letter  of  the  2nd  received,  and  in  reply  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  machinists  which  v/e  advertised  for  are  for  night  work,  and 
the  pay  is  only  $2.50  per  night  and  is  only  a  temporary  position  and 
iot  a  position  which'you  would  want.  Trusting  you  are  well  and  in 
good  luck,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

0  ^ 

Oct.  8,  1901. 

Killie  B.  Corby, 

80  Washington  St., 

Bloomfield,  IT.  1. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  1st  inst.,  I  beg  to 
state  that  I  do  not  care  to  purchase  any  property  near  Glen  Ridge..  . 
Thanking  you  for  cali ing  my  attention  to  same,  I  remain, 



W.  3.  Horthrop,  Esq., 
150  Nassau  St., 
New  York. 

E-ar  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  9th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  you  can  come  out  arid  see  me  any  time  on  Tuesday. 

Yours  truly, 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

Girard  Bldg., 

Philadelphia,  Pa.  • 

Sear  Sirs: 

I  heg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  check  for  $2125.04,  the 
•3W.-0  being  on  account  of  my  subscription  for  preferred  stock  in  your 
Company .  Kindly  place  same  to  my  credit  and  acknowledge  receipt,  and 
greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

bummer ,  viaosun&ry  will  commence  tc 
r>  during  the  Winter  as  the  buildings  will 
time  the  other  shovels  are  at  work  making 
o  you  see  by  this  plan  we  work  continuously, 
on  at  Mo  '.n  the  same  manner, 
machinery  and  everything,  the  Kill  could 
but  my  experience  is  that  it  will  be 
ousand  and  one  things  required  in  time,  and 
1  be  consumed, 

sturn  here  as  soon  as  he  can  without  neglecting 

13  ^ 

ing  Syndicate,  ltd., 
ie,  Norfolk  tat . , 

.  C. ,  England. 

Ij*  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  Inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
■dinary  rod  with  u  good  we I;  ground  connection  will  protect 
ng  .from  lightning. 

Yours  truly, 

Oct.  22,  1901. 


Iain  Si:.,. 

•Ikes  Sarre,  Pa. 

reply  to  your  f-vor  of  the  12th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
oi  a  dry  proeebs.  The  Poxores  gravel  will  not  average 
or  cuhic  yard,  although  represented  as  containing  forty 

Yours  truly, 

irreoi'ondence  with  a  Mr.  Kyan„ 
aro  truthful  this  v/ould  he  a  » 

snow  comes  for  you  to  i 

no,.e  the  rjosson width  appearances  and  everythinr;,  and  alBO  make 
i? 00 (^survey  pretty  close  readings;  then  I  will  he  in  a  position 

"  CX  ^ots4<M 

Kr-  J •  c.  Ryan,  ' 

Soho  Group  of  Mines, 

Kaslo,  British  Columbia. 

You  are  correct  a.s  to  royalty.  If  the  property  is  fauna 
satisfactory  and  accepted  by  ire,  I  am  to  pay  50  cents  per  ton 
royalty,  on  all  ore  taken  out; if  in  any  year  less  than  4000  tons 
is  extracted,  you  are  nevertheless  to  receive  §2,000,  but  I  am  to 
receive  a  credit  so  I  can  reimburse  myself  by  taking  ore  at  50 
cents  per  ton  at  another  time,  for  any  money  paid  in  a  minimum. 

I  have  ordered  my  men  to  proceed  to  your  mine  and  see 
what  there  is  of  it.  You  did  not  state  what  price  you  would  take 
in  cash  for  the  mine  and  insert  the  option  in  the  lease. 

Yours  very  truly,  — ' —  > 

Nov.  9,  1901, 

'ff-  B.  Esq., 

4;  t  ^  rtaandt  St. , 

5*evv  York. 

B>ear  Si*,, 

if-  J'eP1lr  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  we  ,  ^/e  finished  experiments  on  our  kiln  at  the  Laboratory 
and  it,  ^  ow  at  the  cement  Works.  We  expect  . the  works  to  he 
running  ^  Pe'o.  when  you  can  get  data. 

Yours  truly, 


ITov.  9,  1901. 

•T .  Weslaj,  ^>li  son,  Eaq. , 

Ave.  &  44th  St., 

New  York, 

My  hear  ison: 

j  beg  to  return  you  herewith  the  letter  which  you  sent 
me  from  Roberts.  Thanking  you  very  much  for  sending  me  same, 

I  rental** 

'  Yours  truly. 


4»iv,  A.  Croatia  ,  Bsq.  , 
•1&5  E.  140  Rt., 
Hew  York. 

ar  Sir: 

Robert  A.  Pranks,  Esq, 

ranks,  Jiisq* , 

Your  favor  of  the  12th  inst.  also 
,  Llewellyn  Park, 

;U||J  tn  'jr'<T>ly  I  beg  - 
Orange,  IT.  J. 

i  ask  what  is  the  largest 

I’oy.lo  ,1901. 

curie  duly  to 
size  that  you 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  “(&  \%e1;6th  inst . ,  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  current  is  from  my  Laboratory  and  was  supplied  to  Mr. 
Auchincloss  on  account  of  being  a  good  neighbour;  I  believe  you 
are  going  to  be  his  equal  so  J  will  continue  jam  the  practice. 

Hv  Book-keep'er  tells/me  the  charge  iB  3 A, cents  per 

"  f  ] 

lamp  hour.  I  wo>nl<i' bevglad  to  have  you  pome  down  and  see  > 

I  am  at  my  Lai 

li^ratory  neai^y>«v‘ery  day.  j  / 

,.>-rt^:JA^^Yours  truly, 



c/o  Grand  Union  Hotel, 

Hew  York , 

tear  Sir: 

In  ’■•lily  to  your  ruvor  0f  th.  7th  lnot. 

**  W  0W  »  » *»»««tory  „  Orange,  w  , 

•  I  would  advise  you  to  call  up  on  th« 
:l  here.  liy  telephone  cull  iB 

1  teE  to  state 

time.  Before  coming 
cl  one  so  as  to  be  • 

K.  J. 

that  1  : 

.  Or 

Yourn  truly, 


>/  o 

T.  Gaunt,,  JSsij.  , 
l.'l.  V/eat  36  th  fit., 

New  York. 

hear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  advise  you  that  call  number  th 
lnUde  lhe  Sdison  Storage  Company  upon  the  , sub  so 
that  Company,  the  same  to  be  paid  on  or  before  »e 
V/ill  you  kindly  send  me  your  chock  for 
subscription  $500.00,  and  greatly.  obliee, 

Yours  truly, 

Mr.  J.  t.  Dusenbery, Secretary, 

Hudson  .&  Essex  Gas  Co., 
575  Hroad  St. , 


Dear  Stri- 


Confirming  conversation  had  with  your  representative, 
beg  to  state  that  we  are  at  present  using  gas  ■©rmn  your  Company  at 
my  laboratory , also  at  the  Edison  Phonograph  Wprjc'  a  plant,  and  we 
have  decided  to  use  gas  in  our  iron  furnaces  at  the  new  Works  of 
the  Edison  -Storage  Battery  Company, Silver  laie,l.r.J. 

5he  Laboratory,  I  ov/n  personally,  and  own  t he  controlling 
stock  in  the  other  two  Companies.  I  understand  that  yqu  -are 
willing  to-nsfce  one  contract  covering  the  three  departments  with  one 
of  'the*  Companies ,  so  that  we  may  obtain  the  benefit  of  your  schedule 
of  •discounts. 

Kindly  advise  a?  to  this  immediately,  as  as  soon  as  we 
hear  from  you,  we  will  start  equipping  the  Furnaces  at  Silver  lake 
for  gas,  instead  o^^oal. 

Yours  very  truly, 

25,  1901. 

H.  Vol;<.-»ann,  Eaq. , 

5  .5.  3 1 . , 

gp  York. 

Do ar  Sir: 

Tn  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  22nd  inst.,  I  fee;;  to  stat 
that  Mr.  Y/hltridge  is  of  the  i’inn  Of  Carey  &  YThitridge,  They 
represent  a  party  who  put.  a  lot  of  money  in  the  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Co*  and  also  loaned  Mr.  Searlee  and  Moriarity  money. 

They  have  been  told  all  kinds  of  stories  hy  Moriarity 
"and  I  told  Whitridge  to  go  and  see  you  and  get  the  actual  facts. 


In  view  of  the  numerous  cases  of  Smallpox  that  Wtve 
developed  through  the  Oranges,  we  have  decided  that  it  1b  very 
necessary  that  all  employees  who  have  not  teen  vaccinated  within  a 
period  of  two  years  prior  to  this  date  shall  arrant  for  proper 
vaccination  on  or  before  Dec.  11th. 

We  shall  expect  each  and  every  employee  to  furnish  a 
proper  certificate  by  Dec.  11th,  1901,  showing  that  vaccination 
has  taken  place  within  the  two  years,  above  mentioned..  We  feel  that 
every  precautionary  measure  should  be  taken  by  our  eiqployeeg. 

Arrangements  have  been  made  with  Dr.  J.  Mincj  ^aghee,  of 
West  Orange,  to  vaccinate  any  of  our  employees  who  may  wish  it, 
between  the  hours  of  4  and  6  P.  M.  every  day  at  the  price  of  Fifty 
cento  (50/)  each. 

Any  employees  desiring  -co  he  vaccinated  at  the  Works, will 
please  notify  Mr.  Devonalfi  before  the  noon  hour  each  day.  -- 


New  York. 

Dec.  12,1901. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  5th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  you  are  mistaken  about  Sudbury  ore  increasing  in  value  as  they 
go  down.  Wherever  Magnetic  Pyrites  are  found  the  top  assay  determines 

the  quality. 

Regarding  the  property,  I  «•  “»  *'r  «"”*  01  ’  ^ 

„m  P„dly  poy  to  nor*  hnt  n.nld  li»  «  ««  1“” 

and  «.  plenty  of  ..oily  mined  and  then  X  night 

gamble  a  little  with  it. 

Yours  truly, 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  7th  Inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  Einfcel  is  a  fair  Corliss  Runner,  not  much  above  the  regular 
run  of- plain  engineers.  He  is  good  natured. 

If  I  had  your  plant  I  would  want  a  better  man  then  Rinkel. 
Yours  truly, 

$)VYY\OJi.  Cl  Fcl^errx 

Mr*  S.  Johnson, 

Sudbury,  Ont., 

Pear  sir: 

x  oeg  to  enclose  you  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  sent  you 
on  Hov.  29th.  Up  to  the  present  time  neither  Mr.  Edison  or  I 
have  received  an  answer  to  same.  Kindly  answer  as  soon  as  possible, 
and  greatly  oblige, 

Youtb  truly. 



T.  O0  Daniel,  Esq., 
30  Broad  St., 
Hew  York. 


Dear  sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  Inst.,  I  would  ask  that 
you  formulate  exactly  what  you  propose  to  do,  capital  of  company, 
scheme  of  operation,  methods,  basis  of  consolidation  and  other 
data,  without  this  things  are  too  much  in  the  air  to  oome  down  to 
detail  and  prices  on  my  part. 

National  Shoe  &  Leather  Bank, 
271  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Deo.  17,  1901. 

Dear  Sirs: 

In  regard  to  the  enclosed  postal  oard,  we  beg  to  state 
that  according  to  our  check  book  the  deposit  made  by  us  was  #20,000 
and  #3500.  Will  you  kindly  let  us  know  if  we  are  correct,  and  oblige 
Yours  truly, 


"Win.  H.  Hampton,  Esqi, 

Placer,  Ore. 

Dear  Sirs  — 

The  samples  received j^except  JoBephinitjjl/aontain  a  trace 
of  Nickel.  Judging  from  the  Magnetic  sand  and  Josephinite,  the  later 
is  bo  rounded  that  it  probably  came  from  a  distant  part.  It  looks 
like  as  if  a  Nickel  Silicate  with  Iron  had  been  reduced  by  forreBt 
fires  or  lightning  and  erroded  and  carried  along  a  distance  by  water. 
My  impression  is  that  it  will  not  prove  a  commercial  souroe  of  Nickel. 

I  thank  you  very  muah  for  the  assistance  you  have  given 
Mr.  Bolitho  and  hope  some  time  to  reciprocate  and  hope  when  you 
come  to  New  York  you  will  call  and  see  me. 

Yours  truly,..—--  ^ 

nsoeteber  23,1901 

Httsx  &.  «Ud*on  Qas  «J*mpany, 

Oear  SiP5*- 

^vjpra  of  the  whisfetwaw  d*ai*«r*4 

V  *rf<tt*lm,  *«f  ieg  to  *»*#  thn,t  your  mpjtfHeaU*4*  «* 

Ba«**y  Oomi^py  at  *t*ver  'Sb*tl  *£« 

39P*  #  nH  less  th*a  *hree-  INf^.  dut^^bti^ 

-|pb  Wife  the  l-*t  SOO.O^^  ^W 

Ik  «gfl«rwrtiMT  ■  .  .. 

JU  ■RlTlril  um«1»As  cudkofc  by  Mr.  B*faMie£&»  1$5 -to  «*»*•» 
feet  1«  to  -be  us^dt^krtbutp’d  over  a  o«  Jjtf 

JmdJU#  lUJf _ arrangements  should  be  made  1*  ypfttl^r  up  4fa*  VJ46 

n|tfrQ_  ^  that  there  will  b*  a  Unlf  or^  Oth^rtsS  W 

IRtuiniie  to  Obtain  th*fe suits  ntu»e^*ay. 

IGours  -yefir  truly, 


3,  tv*'  rymanii ,  Esq. , 

Oudenarder  Strasse  23, 

Berlin,  Germany. 

W  ****  j  « 

Your  favor  of  the  9th  inst.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
r,  i  I  "beg  to  state  that  if  Mr.  Bafn  runs  short,  you  can  advance 
^\ixe  amount  of  money  mentioned  in  your  letter.  Thanking  you  very 
Toi'  3r°Ur  kindness,  1  remain» 

Yours  truly, 

Dec.  26,1901. 

fa.  Clark  &  Co . , 

75  'S'onge  St., 

Toronto,  Canada. 

r  ««•  -  *  »■>  *“*•■  1  ~  “  ;*t. 

,  ,ro„.11y  .»■>  w  *”  “  "J.Vhc  that 

‘  ^  W  Tl.i»  your  properlt..  1* 

Zp.  .tick  «  »i  tM  «“  10  **,r“U”’ 

Yours  truly, 

Capt.  S’.  H.  Pollen,  - - - 

Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate  Ltd. 

London,  England. 

Pear  Sir.  ^  aend  yQU  herewlth  l/2  dozen  samples  of  Sunderland 
Hematite  worked  through  a  speoial  process.  Please  send  around,  to 
our  iron  friends  for  assay,  especially  Conset  &  Richards,  etc.  and 
let  me  know  what  they  will  cost  15  cents  extra  per  ton  to 
do  it.  YourB  truly* 

^1^0  4 

Messrs.  Pilling  &  Crane, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

I  send  you  herewith  a  sample  of  a  special  < 
t  know  what  you  think  of  it.  Warwick  oan  do  it 

James  Gayley,  Esq., 
71  Broadway, 
Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 



I  send  you  herewith  a  sample  of  a  special  iron  ore.  Please 
have  it  assayed  and  then'  let  me  know  if  it  would  interest  you>®)d 
Mr.  Schwatyif  Briquetted.  „ 

Yours  truly,  _ _ 

E.  J.  Haire,  EBq. , 
176  Broadway, 
Mew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Deo.  27,  1901. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  26th  inst.  in  regard  to  a 
check  drawn  By  Thomas  A.  Edison  Jr.  for  #40,  I  Beg  to  state  that  you 
will  have  to  look  to  the  young  man  for  the  payment  of  same,  ub  I 
have  nothing  whatever  to  do  with  his  affairs. 

Yours  truly, 

Heine  Safety  Boiler  Co., 
11  Broadway, 

Hew  York. 

Bear  Sirs:- 

Bor  the  new  plant  In  Norway,  we  *111  require  about  6,000 
horse  power,  (baaed  on  30  pounds  water)  boilers,  complete  with 
automatlo  stokers  and  ferranged  for  burning  bituminous  coal. 

Will  ydu  kindly  give  us  approximate  prices  on  your  boilers, 
stating  the  size  units  yon  would  recommend.  Brice  of  the  boilers, 
ready  for  export  shipment,  f.o.b.  New  York. 

Also  give  us  approximate  price.  Of  thw^sawt  per  horse  power 
Jtor  erection  and  about  average  rertre  of  *aoor  per  day  on  which  you 
^figure.  We  will  then  be  able  to  tell  Whether  we  can  erect  it 
jtf&eaper  with  our  own  people  in  Norway. 

Hllllken  B  ro  s . , 

11  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs :  - 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  30th  inst.,  we  heg  to  state  that 
the  plans  for  the  buildings  which  are  to  he  erected  in  England 
for  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  will  he  made  here  at  Orange. 

Messrs.  Packman  &  Heasman, 

Pear  Sirs:- 

I  hand  you  herewith  detailed  estimates  of  the  two  plants 
proposed  to  he  erected  at  Sunderland  and  Mo,  Norway. 

These  estimates  are  based  on  actual  costs  obtained  from 
th.  construction  of  the  °«™‘  *>«»  «*  stmartsvllle,  V.S.X. , 
emoloylng  building.  and  nachlnery  m  slnllor  to  the.  that  mold 
*/  .„«.d  to  Kormy.  A  portico  of  too  plan.  ™  contracted  out 
outside  nerbs,  coot  of  nhioh,  « 
mo.».  Th.  other  portico  ho.  hem  -add  the  °"»w 

it. elf  in  o  Machine  Shop,  erected  and  operated  by  the  Company  on 
trll  ground. .  Acournt.  account,  of  —  «  —  - 

thua  I  -  i.  a  position  to  e.tin.t.  eta. 

In  tie,  of  th.  fact  that  the  Compmy  «g 
make  „  P-  of  it.  — -  «**  * 

entirely,  I  have  Horn*  -  to  the  antu.1  labor  , 

«*  and  *  for  fixed  charge  and  profit. 

Owing  to.  the  large  amount  of  work  now  in  th 

Shop,  -a  th.  relatlv .  high  price.  - 

,  tly  I  at  under  the  lmpre..ion  that  moot  of  th 

"  !  -  he  Obtained  nor.  cheaply  —  -  *  ~ 

",  Ihe.etta.tedooetof«.etmMor..Pl»t.i. 

Docks  at  Mo. 

My  understanding  with  the  London  Syndicate  has  been  that 
I  should  place  my  Engineering  force  at  the  disposal  of  any 
Company  which  might  he  forned  for  working  the  Norway  Iron  Deposit 
to  design,  under  my  supervision,  the  planted  furnish  the  speci¬ 
fications  at  the  expense  of  such  Company .^/  , 

I  shall,  however,  retire  that  'all  work  of  manufacture 
and  erection  and  initial  operation  shall  be  in  the  hjgfls 

MSB«fl$°K8pW4er,*y  supervision. 

Tours  very  truly,  — - - ” 

Club  Bldg., 

Denver,  Colo.  ,, - 

Dear  Sir:  S  .  ■-*- •  '  ‘'O  ■/-, - 

Your  favor  of  the  1st.  Inst,  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  X  beg  to  advise  you  to  discontinue  putting  my  ad. in  your  paper. 
I  beg  to  enclose  you  herwith  check  in  payment  of  my 


Tours  truly, 

John  Healy^sq,  , 

lakeside  &  Wat  chung  Avon, 

Vest  Orange, N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  beg  herewith  to  hand  you  blue -print  showing  end  of 
Rotary  Kiln  which  we  desire  built  at  the  Laboratory. 

We  expect  to  have  all  the  material  ready  the  first  part 
of  next  week  and  would  be  glad  to  have  you  give  us  bid  for  all  the 
mason  work  as  shown,  including  all  iron  work,  as  shown. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Engineering  &  Mining  Journal,  Ino., 
203  Broadway, 

I  "beg  to  return  you  herewith  your  "bill  for  $5,  the  Bane 
"being  for  subscription  for  your  paper  from  Deo.  1,1901  to  Deo. 1,1902. 
Please  discontinue  sending  the  paper,  and  greatly  oblige, 

The  Iron  Trade  Review, 

Cleveland,  0. 

Dear  Sirs: 

I  beg  to  return  you  herewith  bill  for  #3,  being  subscrip¬ 
tion  for  one  year  from  Jan.  S,  1902  to  Jan.  9,  1903. 

Please  discontinue bonding  me  the  paper,  and  greatly  oblige 
Yours  truly, 

{Fhuyv >44,  Oj  ®  ' 

Jan,  8,1902. 


;  / 

S>»  0.  Howard,  Esq., 

Cosmos  Club, 

Washington,  D,  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

X  hereby  tender  my  resignation  as  a  member  of  the  American 
Association  for  the  Advancement  of  Science  and  return  you  herewith 
bill  for  dues  for  the  year  1902. 

Yours  truly, 


Jan.  8,1902. 

The  Newark  Board  of  Trade, 

Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirs: 

I  hereby  tender  my  resignation  as  a  member  of  the ''Board. 
Yours  truly, 

Dyer,  Edmonds  &  Dyer 

As  per  your  favor  of  the  6th  inst.,  X  heg  to  enclose 
,ou  herewith  the  Power  of  Attorney  duly  signed. 

Yours  truly. 

U'antao,  Dare  Co., 

Boanoke  Island,  N.  C. 

Dear  Sii .  hand,  and  in  reply 

Your  favor  of  the  3rd  inst.  came  duly 

-*  «.  - — 1  t*  :zzz°z:  ~ '  - 

send  the  two  together,  and  e3'63'^^.^ truly,  . 

Jan.ll,  1902. 

fohn  Vo  Killer,  Esq., 

Christiana,  Pa, 

J  0  0 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  9th  inst.,  I  hog  to  advise 
you  to  make  a  rough  survey  of  the  mine  and  then  survey  the  continu¬ 
ation  of  the  mine  at  both  ends  for  say  one  half  mile  to  see  if 
there  is  anything  left  in  old  mine  and  any  other  deposits  along  the 


Dear  Sire 

We  are  in  receipt  of  yours  of  the  31st  ult.  enclosing 
copy  of  letter  from  Ur.  0,  Ainsworth  of  the  Consett  Iron  Works 
Company  which  we  have  forwarded  to  Ur.  Edison,  who  is  very  much 
pleased  withjthe  results. 

Mr.  Edison  is  away  on  a  vacation  of  about  two  weeks  and 
upon  his  return  he  will  make  further  replies  to  your  letter. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Want so  j  n.  c. 
Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  Bill  of  lading  for  the  dog 
which  was  shipped  yesterday  and  also  heg  to  state  that  I  had  to 

Jan.  17,1902. 

T,  0.  Quinn,  Esq., 

N.  Y.  Daily  News, 

New  York. 

Your  favor  of  the  16th  inst.  with  enclosure  came  duly  to 
hand  and  in  reply  I  leg  to  state  that  at  present  Mr.  Edison  is  away 
and  not  expected  baok  for  several  weeks.  On  his  return  your 
lot ter  will  be  placed  before  him. 

Yours  truly, 

(j  AnuU.  , 

>  X  i  ■ 

V.  Miller,  Eaq.,^^  f  „  i  j 

Gerogetown,  A  R"0"" 

Lancaster  Co.,  Pa.'s^*/ 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  12th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 

that  Mr.  Edison  is  going  away  J 

several  weeks  and  he  says  -that 

you  "better  return  to  the  Laboratory  and  wait  until  he  returns  and 
he  will  talk  the  matter  over  with  you. 

Yours  truly, 

n  r/\  n)  .  /  ;; 

Kermit  Roosevelt,  Esq., 
White  House, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Your  favor  of  the  13th  inst.  came  duly  to  hand,  and  in 
reply  I  beg  to  state  that  at  present  Mr.  Edison  is  away  and  not 
expected  baok  for  several  weeks.  On  his  return  the  autograph' will 
be  sent  you. 


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John  M,  Wood,  Esq., 
171  Broadway, 
New  York. 

Bear  Sir  : 

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On  the  dates  Below  I  sent  you  policies  as  follows: 

"ay  Slat,  1901. 

#10266,  lJorthern  of  London  $2500,  machinery  5,  expires  Peb.  20,1902. 
#13721,  Manhattan^  .  ^  $2500,  machinery  5,  expires  Peb,,  28,1902. 

July  isth,  1901 

#22103,  Home,  on  Bldg.  1  at  Bellville 
Bee.  23rd,  1901 

#3535684,  Norwich  Union  $2500,  stock  Bldg.  5,  expires  Oot.  15,1902. 
r-o5o5688,  Norwich  Union  $2500,  Machinery  in  Bldg.  5, expires  Oct. 26, 1902 
You  have  ommited  to  send  me  policy  #208653  ,  Philadelphia 
Stock  in  Bldg.  5, 

If  the  above  policies  are  still  in  force  kindly 
if  they  have  been  cancelled,  kindly  send  me  the 
and  greatly  oblige. 

send  them 

Yours  truly. 

Jan. 23, 1902. 



My  dear  Dick:- 

„„  „  1  "rU1,,e  w  bsr-  »«<W1«  Mr.  Edison,  bn, 

'  boon  under  tie  ...tier  lor  .  day  or  t.o. 

Mr.  Edison  „  .till  e,.y,  i„me  YorJ(  ^  ' 

...  for  boMonood;  expert  i.  ,111  return  on  Monday 

’  ‘  *  ™0el"d  *”  ’•*  *»*  *»  >*"  »»n  of,  t0 

•  IW.  letter  fro.  Gaunt  tH.  .ornlng,  ,mtB,  thM  Kr. 

Tm  —  -i  -rt.  «r».  sausage, etc. 

rtthout  «,,  .  oo.bln.tlon  uiloh  „ua  oer,.lnly 

bnooi  ~  out;  so  tiluM  ti.t  il.  sto.aoh  .net  be  In  »UOi  better 

Subsequent  examinations  confirmed  the  first  that  Mr 
Edison,  outside  of  il.  etosaoh,  1.  m  splendid  ,i.p.  „a  tie 
Bootors  stated,  tint  nlth  ordinary  osre,  i.  should  u„  traaty.f,T. 
or  thirty  year.  longer.  I  „  sure  y„„  rtll  t.  plea,.a  to 
this  as  we  were. 

Trusting  that  you  had  a  pleasant  trip  over  and  will  meet 
with  great  success  in  your  present  negotiations,  I  am, 

3fours  very  truly, 

.  H .73 .  Dick, 

c/o  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate  .It'd.  , 

Amberley  House,  Norfolk  St.,  Strand 
Xondon,W.C.  ...  * 

Jan,  27,  1902. 

•'/£  '  ^ 

apartment  of  Crown  Lands, 

Toronto,  Ont;, 


paar  Sira: 

On  HOT.  29,  1901,  a  letter  on  behalf  of  Miss  Mary  E.  and 
iru  M.  Miller  was  Witten  you  in  regard  to  their  applications  on 
of  lots  H  and  12,  Con.  6  of  Graham, 

As  no  answer  haa  been  received  and  they  are  anxious  to  have 
,ne  matter  settled  as  soon  as  possible,  a  copy  of  the  above  mentioned 
letter  is  enclosed  with  the  request  for  an  early  reply 
Yours  sincerely, 

January  30,1902 

w/  | 

Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate , Ltd. , 

Aniberley  House, Norfolk  St.,  Strand, 
London ,W.O.,  England. 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  7th  Inst,  to  Mr.  Edison,  who 
Has  fully  noted  your  letter,  heg  to  state,  that  he  requests  we 
"rite  you  as  follows:  "The  Idea  of  the  low  phosphorus  ore,  was  for 
crucible  steel  and  annour  plate  purposes.  The  assay  should  be 
.0009  instead  of  .003.  We  hare  had  several  analyses  made  which 
show  these  results,  ecjT  of  course,  we  realise  it  is  difficult  for' 
the  regular  Chemist  to  work  with  such  small  quantities.  The  mag¬ 
netite  cannot  be  gotten  as  low  as  the  Hematite.' 

Tours  very  truly, 

January  30,1902. 

We  have  advanced  Mr.  Simpkin  One  hundred  and  fifty  dollar e 
($150.)  for  his  expenses  to  London  and  told  him  to  see  you  to  get 
the  funds  with  which  to  return. 

Yours  very  truly, 

I.E.Mok,Bsq. , 

o/o  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate , Ltd. , 

Amberley  House .Norfolk  St., Strand, 

January  30,1902. 

My  dear  Dick:- 

In  connection  with  the  letter  that  I  have  given  Mr. 
Simpkin,  relative  to  advance  of  money,  beg  to  ask,  if  the  Dunderland 
scheme  goes  through,  you  will  see  to  it  that  some  arrangement  is 
made  to  take  care  of  our  cash  more  promptly  than  it  has  been  done 
in  the  past .  Expenditures  that  we  now  make  for  the  account  of  the 
London  Company,  run  for  ninety  days  or  more  before  we  receive  money 
from  them,  and  in  the  present  situation  of  things,  it  ties  up  money 
which  we  oould  use,  as  you  know,  to  the  very  best  advantage  in 
other  directions  . 

I  write  you  this  personally,  eo  that  you  will  have  it 
in  mind  and  take  it  up  at  the  proper  time. 

I  -trust  when  Simpkin  arrives,  he  will  be  able  to  straighten 
out  the  present  trouble  aiyLhope  you  will  soon  meet  with  great 
suooess  in  putting  the  Boheme  through. 

Yours  very  truly, 


London,  W^C. 

Peter  i 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  inst.,  I  hag  to  state 
that  I  am  not  Interested  verymuoh  In  Oregon  nickel  mines,  as  I 
have  had  considerable  experience  with  the  ores.  I  am  more  favorably 
inclined  with  the  Sudbury  ores. 

Youtb  truly, 

Pear  Sirt 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  found  no  platinum  in  the  samples. 

Yours  truly,' 


liS  meet 

Xr  -Usii 

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>X  ot 

Jan.  31,  1902. 

Herreshoff  Hfg.  Co., 

Bristol,  R,  i. 

Dear  SirB: 

In  repay  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  inst.,  I  hee  to  state 
that  the  engines  are  for  an  Iron  Concentrating  plant  in  Norway  that 
will  run  two  shifts  of  ten  hours  eaoh.  All  that  they  would  require 
is  a  good  plain  engine,  giving  economy  of  say  15  to  16  pounds  of 
steam  per  horse  power.  I  had  supposed  that  owing  to  the  high  speed 
of  your  engine,  they  would  he  oheaper  than  those  of  other  makers. 

We  have  a  hid  already  for  Compound  Engines  of  a  well 
known  make  at  $12  per  horse  power,  including  shaft,  outerhearing 
and  hed  plate  for  Dynamo  and  even  this  price  if  greater  per  pound 
of  engine  than  is  paid  for  shop  machinery,  such  as  milling  machines, 
lathes,  eto. 

Yours  truly, 

(ft,  Pr.  . 

180  Liberty  St„ , 
lie tv  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

The  etharic  force  experiments  were  made  in  November  1875; 
Think  the  Tribune  published  them  with  cuts  in  that  month.  A  man 
named  Br.  G,;  14  Beard  published  them  in  th»  Quarterly  journal  of 
Science  'To.  lb ,  April  1876.  Sylvanus  Thompson  published  some  in¬ 
vent  IgatJ  on  s  regarding  the  phenomenon  in  Philasophioal  Magazine 
5th  Series  Ho.  2  i'uly  to  Boo.  1876.  The  remark  made  by  Sir  Wen. 
Thompson  before  Society  of  Telegraph  or  Electrical  Engineers  was 
when  Keritz  paper  was  read,  its  in  their  proceedings.  Its  strange 
T  hav’r.t  any  copies  of  Tribune  or  the  other  publications. 


3  to  ^  / 

Vt  ***..  \  / 



4,  1902. 

t  'bee  to  enclose  you  herewith  check  for  $3150,  the  eau 
dividend  on  525  shares  of  stock  of  the  North  American 

•tation  &  Trading  Co.  whioh  belongs  to  you. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  same ,  and  greatly  oblige, 
Yours  truly, 

Q-  Celwnm. - - 


The  object  of  this  invention  iB  to  produoe  an  adherent 
coating  of  metallio  nickel  on  iron  by  electrolytic  deposition* 

The  invention  consists  in  electroplating  a  thin  coating 
of  nickel  on  sheet  iron  or  steel,  or  upon  articles  made  from-  sheet 
iron  or  steel  in  the  usual  manner, ■ placing  such  sheets  or  articles 
in  a  closed  ohamber  of  cast  iron  or  olay  retort,  passing  Hydrogen 
gas  through  the  ohamber  to  displace  the  air  and  then  subjeot  the 
sheets  or  articles  to  a  temperature  sufficient  to  weld  the  film  of 
nickel  to  the  iron  while  the  reducing  gas  is  passing,  cooling  the 
retort  and  contents  down  below  the  oxidizing  point  while  still  in 
the  reducing  gas  and  .subsequently  removing  the  same  and  substitu¬ 
ting  a  fresh  charge  of  sheet  or  articles. 

The.  temperature  necessary  is  a  bright  yellow,  at  which 
point  the  nickel  welds  to  the  iron  or  steel,  so  that  it  becomes 
integral  with  it  and  at  the  same  time  the  surface  of  the  nickel 
becomes  very  bright.  The  weld  is  so  perfect  that  the  sheets  can  be 
formed  up  into  various  articles  by  the  drawing  process,  without 
cracking  or  flaking. the  film,  Which  is  not  the  case  when  the  film 
has  not  been  subjected  to  the  welding,  process.  The  welding  process 
serves  also  to  anneal  the  sheets  for  the  first  operation  of  drawing. 
So  perfect  is  the  result  that  cans  and  dishes  made  by  this  process 
may  be  substituted  in  many  cases  for  tinned  .iron  plates. 

The  nickeled  articlejs^are  in  addition  more  cheaply  produced 
than  those  of  tined  iron,  as  the  thickness  of  the  nickel  film  is 

very  much  less  than  the  tin  on  iron. 

Claim  1.  Hew  article  of  manufacture 
"  2.  Process 

"  3.  Articles  thus  made.  , 

When  you  come  over  again  "bring  application  in  re  large 
g and  mixed  with  fine  sand  to  screen,  also  I  will  tell  you  more 
about  this  application  and  we  can  talk  over  claims,  also  do  you 
want  ms  to  send  model  battery  to  England. 

Yours  truly, 

Mo  K.  Twombly,  Eaq.» , 

I  "beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  certificate  #B.  1374  for  25 

shares  of  the  capital  stopk  of  the  North  Americi 

:  Transportation  & 

Trading  Co,,  which  must  belong  to  you.  X  also  enclose  you  herewith 
the  letter  which  I  received  with  the  stook.  Kindly  acknowledge 
receipt  of  same  and  return  the  letter  to  me  when  you  are  through  with 
it,  and  greatly  oblige,  Yours  truly, 


.  The  Veeder  Mfg.  Co., 
Hartofrd,  Conn. 

Can  you  make  your  #6  Ratohet,  Counter  so  as  to  be  .set 
back  to  0  after  any  number  of  readings,  not  above  999  have  been 
registered.  I  have  use  for  about  fifteen  in  a  register  -similar  to 
a  conductors  punch.  It  must  be  handy  so  that  you  can  handle  it 


Louis  Glass,  Esq., 

o/o  Pacific  States  Telephone  &  Teleg.  Co., 

San  Eranoisco,  Cal. 

Dear  Sirs 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  28th  ult.,  I  "beg  to  state 
that  our  factories  are  not  yet  finished.  Hope  to  turn  first 
■batteries  out  in  Maroh.  Bacigalupi  buys  our  goods  but  has  no 
exclusive  agenoy.  'Why  dont  you  take  up  Bacigalupi  and  help  him 
to  some  capital,  we  are"  financing  him  but  not  being  on  the  ground 
do  not  financeto  the  extent  we  would  if  we  knew  the  ground.  He 
does  a  large  business  and  if  he  had  ten  or  fifteen  thousand 
dollars  extra  capital,  could  very  much  increase  it. 

Yours  truly, 

ff'i'S'.  0.  •' 

*  iL 

Feb.  7,1902. 

Edw„  G.  Clark,  Esq., 
Westfield,  Mass. 
Sear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  there  was  nothing  of  any  value  in  the  samples. 

Yours  truly, 

ftm  a 


Eermit  Roosevelt,  Esq.. , 

White  House, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Hear  Sir: 

As  per  my  promise  made  some  time  ago,  I  heg  to  enclose 
you  herewith  two  autographs  from  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison.  If  you 
could  obtain  two  autographs  from  your  father  for  Mr.  Edison’s 
daughter  and  son,  I  would  appreciate  it  very  much. 

Yours  truly. 

ft  s  ! 

Office  of  Geological  Survey-, 

Parliament  Bldg., 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Bear  Sira: 

Mr.  Edison  is  expecting  to  again  have  a  party  of  men 
in  Canada  thiB  coming  Summer  and  is  accordingly  anxious  to  ob¬ 
tain  all  the  latest  information  possible  relative  to  the  Sudbury 
Bistrict.  We  understand  that  a  new  Geological  survey  had  been 
recently  carried  on.  If  there  are  any  new  geological  maps  or 
publication  since  last  Summer,  will  you  kindly-  send  us  copies 
of  same,  and  greatly  oblige. 

Youtb  truly, 

Feb.  10,  1902. 

Office  of  the  State  Survey, 

Hartford,  Conn. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Will  you  kindly  inform  me  as  soon  as  possible  whether  or 
not  I  oan  obtain  topographical  maps,  i.e.  maps  including  all  roads 
and  oontour  lines  of  the  different  counties,  especially  those  about 
Litchfield,  Co.,  also  if  it  is  possible  to  obtain  a  oolored 
map  of  the  counties.  I  should  like  to  have  the  maps  on  a  scale 
of  atleast  2  miles  to  the  inch. 

Awaiting  an  early  reply,  1  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

Yours  truly, 


Thoa.  T.  Gaunt,  Esq., 

13.  V.  36th  St., 

TsTaw  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  accordance  with  the  resolution  of  the  Board  of  Directors 
of  the  Edison  .Storage  Battery  Co.,  passed  on  the  10th  day  of  February 
1902,  a  call  of  5^  of  the  amount  of  the  subscription  to  the  bonds 
under  the  agreement  of  July  11th,  1901  was  directed  to  be  made. 

You  are  accordingly  requested  in  accordance  with  said  call 
to  send  your  check  for  5%  of  the  amount  of  your  subscription  to  the 
Treasurer  of  the  Company  oA  or  before  the  3rd  day  of  March,  1902 
in  accordance  with  the  terms  of  said  subscription.  ; 

The  amount  of  your  subscription  is  $5000,  the  amount 
payable  under  this  call  is  $250. 

Yours  truly, 


John  V.  Hiller,  Esq., 

Orange,  II.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  accordance  with  the  resolution  of  the  Board  of  Directors 
of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  passed  on  the  10th  day  of  February 
1902,  a  cali.  of  5%  of  the  amount  of  the  subscription  to  the  bonds 
under  the  agreement  of  July  11th,  3.901  was  directed  to  be  made. 

You  are  aooordingly  requested  in  accordance  with  said  call 
to  send  your  oheok  for  of  the  amount  of  your  subscription  to  the  . 
Treasurer  of  the  Company  on  or  before  the  3rd  day  of  March,  1902 
in  accordance  with  the  terms  of  said  subscription. 

The  amount  of  your  subscription  is  $2000,  the  amount 
payable  under  this  call  is  $100. 

Yours  truly i 

Feb,  12,  1902, 

J; '  ,  Edison  has  been  carrying  on  some  correspondence  with  M r, 
un,  of  your  city,  in  reference  to  his  claim  on  Lot  5  Com.  1,  of 
e»*v  and  the  matter  has  reached  a  •point  whore  !tr.  Johnson  says  he  will 
•n; ulah  his  claim  for  a  certain  sum, 

7.  understood  that  an  application  for  this  lot  was  made  sometime 
and  a  ■’•"■•tain  amount  0?  work  done  upon  the  property  by  I®*,  Johnson 
•  :r  ,  but  no  payments  made ‘to  the  Government.  Mr,  Edison  would 
.  '•  ::o.v  the  full  particulars,  Just  what  portions  of  the  lot  Johnson's 
lection  covers,  whether  it  is  made  out  in  his  name  alone,  or  with  the 
hl-J  partners,  and  whether  or  not -Johnson  now  is  the  sole  owner 
•I.nfm.  He  would  also  like  to  know  if,  by  buying  out  Johnson 
r./i  paying  the  ^Sfyears  rental,  he  could  obtain  a  clear  lease  from 
Si.. .  .•;  •■"«; nt  without  further  coraplicat ions^pf  the  IT  l/2  of  8  l/2  and 
■”f  ■■  4*  H  1/2  of  the  lot, 

j!>r  winter  here  has  been  quite  pleasant’  so  far,  but  we  have  had 
.'••w  of  sleighing,  The  rumors'  of  the  nickel  combine  seem  to 

.  .  ..a  1 1  founded,  but  I  have  no  definite  information  in  regard  to 

"'•*  are  beginning  our  plans  for  again  visiting  your  district 

My  near  Whitridge, 

In  regard  to  your  memo.  in  re  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co. 
Paragraph  1.  This  would  "be  a  good  idea,  as  useless  expense  for  rent  and 
salaries,  eto.  would  he  out  off. 

Paragraph  2  &  3.  Nothing  can  he  gained  and  .much  will  he  lost 
hy  carrying  out  scheme  in  this  paragraph. 

Paragraph  4.  The  proposed  transfer  of  manufacturing  rights  to  Edison 
can  not  he  carried  out  hy  the  proposed  company  for  the  reason  that 
these  rights  as  far  as  the  Edison  interest  and  patents  are  concerned 
were  never  owned  hy  the  Edison  United  hut  have  always  been  owned  hy  the 
Phonograph  Works  and  as  far  as  the  Graphaphone  manufacturing  rights, 
owned  hy  the  International  Graphaphone  Co.,  these  were  bought  from  the 
International' Graphaphone  Co.,  for  i/foich  the 'Works  paid  over  $90,000, 

i  you  see  the  Works  already  c 

i  the  exclusive  manufacturing  rights  of 

manufacturing  in  all  Countries,  except  England  and  Germany. 

At  the  present  time  every  patent  owned  hy  the  Edison  United 

Co.  has  expired,  naturaly  and  hy  reasons  of  i 

l  compliance  with  the 

Mr.  Twomhly  never  would  take  my  advise  and  probably  will 
net  do  so  now  hut,  nevertheless  I  will  give  it  thus: 

Y/ind  up  the  Edison  United  Co.  and  the  International,  take 
all  the  assets  and  put  them  in  a  trust  and  this  in  a  trust  company 



appoint,  say  Ml*.  TSOtltrige,  Liquidating  trustee,  issue  collateral  ^ 
trust  -bond  in  exchange  for  notes  outstanding,  etc.,  stop  all  exposes 
and  then  let  the  Liquidating  Trustee  investigate  the  whole  m/bter, and 
liquidate  to  the  best  advantage. 

Searles  and  Moriarity  are  entitled  to  noth^^*^  They  will 
not  object,  I  think  because  the  last  loan  witLl  notytfear  investigation. 
They  will  die  easy  if  any  investigation  is  Asiny^ted. 

Yours  truly,  ' 

To  S’.  W.  Whitridge,  Beq., 
59  ¥all  St., 

Hew  York. 


Frank  Dyer,  Esq. , 

SI  Hassa\i  St», 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs 

In  that  nickel  sheet  case,' suppose  some  foreigner  should 
ship  sheets  and  articles  into  the  United  States  after  I  had  my 
patent,  I  could’ nt  stop  him  without  I  had  a  claim. 

On  a  new  article  of  manufacture  consisting  of  Iron  coated 
with  Nickel  electrolytioally  and  subsequently  welded  thereto, 
substantially  as  set  forth  or  claim  another  on  articles  already  formed 
then  plated  and  welded  like  it. 

We  can’t  get  a  claim  on  iron  coated  with  Nickel  in 
sheets,  etc.,  as  that  is  now  done  by  welding  in  open  air  and  rolling. 

Yours  truly, 


3erlin,  Germany; 

Friend  Bergmann: 

Chemical  Works  is  about  80^  finished;  the  Machine  Works 
lf!  7o f  finished.  We  already  have  made  several  full  sized  automobile 
cells  from  the  tools  and  which  are  on  test.  We  expect  to  have  four 
automobiles  out  on  the  road  at  Orange  by  March  10th  for  testing 
battery  in  actual  practice.  3y  April  1st  we  hope  to  be  making  2000 
colls  daily.  We  want  to  perfect  everything  here  before  trying  to  do 
anything  abroad.  When  ready  3ick  will  come  to  Berlin  and  see  you  about 
the  formation  of  the  German  Company.  It  is  going  to  be  a  great  success 
I  do  hope  the  fight  will  be  continued  in  German  patent  office,,  so  we 
get  all  we  are  entitled  to  by  law  and  not  be  bluffed  into  accepting 
a  lot  of  poor  patents  which  will  be  of  no  value  when  we  get  into  the 
Courts.  If  the  Dunderland  scheme  goes  through,  I  am  going  to  do  my 
best  to  place  the  contract  for  the  whole  of  the  Electrical  outfit  with 


Yours  truly, 

February  14,1902 

of  Crown  Lends , 

Toronto , 

Ontario . 

In  answer  to  your  letter  asking  for  the  address  of  Hr. 

.  Hiller,  the  applicant  for  the  |  3/4  of  Lot  12,  Con."y5T 
ahaiu,  I  give  the  following  address:  Ira  H,  Hiller,  o/o  Edison 
atory,  Orange, K.J. 

Yours  respectfully, 


,  e.  TTrieht, 

Sudbury,  Ont.,  Canada. 

your  letter  1»  rosurd  to  a.  “"V 

Co„  for  snider  h.u  Keen  1***  “a  *"  ““0t 
''  „  ’  „ut  !  u.lleve  you  Kindly  offered  to  site  your 

^  grentinB  of  .  1— .  ^ZT 

c- for  you.  Hr.  Bdieon  le  very  sled  to  do  this  end 

you.  HO  mold  liKe  to  Kno„  ~t  errant  you  uould 
;„e„4.  to  t«..r,  neoeeoary  for  ourrylns  on  »y 

- r  SZ2ZT™  -  u-  -  -  —■  >» 

,  .:r:rz. 

^e  uueH,  «  -H  -  P"41*  *  C!,ra  , 

‘  frus tine  yo«  f*  tM  ¥l"“r’  1 

Yours  truly, 

Mr .  T.  J.  Byan, 


Feb.  18,  1902. 

Dear  Mr.  Eyan: 

Enclosed  please  find  the  three  notices  of  leases  and  the 
payments  on  same.  Thought  it  was  better  to  send  them  to  you  so 
you  could  keep  the  entire  matter  on  file  in  your  office. 

Nov.’  there  is  another  matter  upon  which  1  would  like 
information.  As  you  know,  all  the  lots  are  in  the  names  of  several 
people  and  ofcourse  Mr.  Edison  now  would  like  them  to  he  transferred 
to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  thinking  that  there  might  he  some 
regular  form  for  this, or  that  certain  steps  would  have  to  he  taken 
through  the  Crown  Land  Dept.,  I  write  you  for  full  information. 
Kindly  let  me  hear  from  you  in  regard  to  this  and  the  matter  of  Mr. 
Johnson's  claim  as  soon  as  possible . 

Had  quite  a  storm  here  yesterday  which  blocked  streeet 
cars,  railroads,  eto.  Good  sleighing  now  and  not  very  cold,  warm  in 
fact  according  to  your  reckoning.  With  kind  regards  to  all,  I 


Yours  sincerely, 



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T..  J,  Ityan,  3s  q. , 


Your  letter  of  3eh.  19th  duly  received.  .  From  it  I 
understand  that  Hr.  Johnson  and  his  partner  hold  only  the  W .  l/2 
of  Lot  5,  Con.  1,  Snider;  each  having  one  half  share.  In  a  letter 
from  the  department  Oct.  24th,  1901,  it  is  stated  that  both  the  E. 
and  W.  l/s  of  the  lot  have  been  applied  for  hut  no  payments  made. 

I  understood  Mr.  Johnson  controlled  hoth  of  these  applications.  Will 
you  kindly  inform  me  in  regard  te  this. 

Mr.  Edison  has  offered  Mr.  Johnson  $125,  as  reimbursement 
for  any  work  he  has  done  upon  the  lot,  understanding  that  this  covered 
the  entire  lot  and  all  claims  in  which  Mr.  Johnson  or  his  partner 
were  in  any  way  connected. 

Hr.  Edison  wishes  you  to  see  Mr.  Johnson  and  have  a 
thorough  understanding,  making  him  this  offer.  That  Mr.  Johnson  and 
hie  partner  or  partners  relinguish  entirely  their  claim*-  individually 
and  collectively  upon  Lot  5,  Con.  1  of  Snider,  signing  over  to  Mr. 
r.;dison  all  their  rights  upon  Baid  lot,  the  same  to  he  done  upon  the 
payment  of  $125  hy  Mr.  Edison  which  shall  he  divided  among  the  partners 

Hoping  you  can  quickly  and  easily  arrange  the  matter,  I  remain 
Yours  truly, 


Eel).  25,  1902, 

Friend  Cutting:  Judge  Howard  W 

This  will  introduce  to  you  my  attorney  JudS 

Hayes,  oi  HevarK,  ■#  .  E  is  anxious  to 


ziz:z  x »  ««  -  -  «*“•  -  -  a°  *  ‘8,“' 

him  will  He  very  much  appreciated  Hy  me. 


ry  truly, 


Rcpl:/it:e  tu  your  letter  of  the  11th  inet.,  I  beg  to  state 
thit  Mr.  Edison  advises  we  as  follows: 

The  aoj.d  process  or,’  further  reducing  phosphorus  from  the 
6?./,  Cone,  -both  Magnetic  and  Hematite,  is  excessively  simple  and 
inexpensive.  The  investment  v;ill  he  comparatively  small  and 
cost  of  acid  and  operation  will,  I  think,  not  exceed  15  cents  per 
ton,  an  amount  which  from  present  stage  of  experiment  will,  I  think, 
more  than  he  made  up  from  the  lessened  cost  of  Briquetting  the  ore. 

It  will  not  he  necessary  to  treat  the  whole  2500  tons 
hut  only  enough  to  reduce  the  phosphorus  when  mixed,  so  the  whole 
will  have  the  proper  phosphorus. 

We  understand  there  is  a  pyrities  mine  now  working  at  Mo. 
This  will  give  us  cheap  pyrities  for  manufacturing  acid.  Eor  your 
information,  I  will  say,  that  last  week  I  took  100  lbs.  of  the  ssuns 
ore  as  shipped  you;  adjusted  the  magnets  and  the  results  were 
Hematite  Concentrate  .027;  Magnetic  Concentrate  .016.  It  is  a 
question  of  adjustment.  Mr.  Ballantine  was  in  too  great  a  hurry 
to  go  to  England  to  make  proper  tests  ana  adjustments.  However, 

djustment  seems  to  he 

close  affaii 

I  will  add 

ft  ^  ^  ^  ^  „  %  / 

Messrs.  Werner  &  Cogan, 

Your  estimates  for  fitting  air,  gaa,  steam  and  water  pipes 
in' Mr.  T.  A.  Edison's  residence,  namely  $136.50  and  $48.00,  are  accep¬ 
ted  and  Mr.  Edison  desires  you  te  push  the  work  as  fast  as  possible. 

Owing  to  the  faot  that  Mr.  Edison  has  decided  to  put  in 
city  gas  in  his  house  a  slight  ohange  will  be  necessary  in  the  gas 
connections.  Probably  you  can  make  some  agreement  with  the  gas 
company  so  that  the  same  trench  oan  be  used  for  the  gas  and  air 
pipes.  It  would  be  adviseable  to  consult  them  in  regard  to  this  mattei 
and  where  their  pipes  will  enter  the  house,  as  the  gas  pipe  from  the 
Laboratory  room  is  to  connect  with  this  and  not  the  house  system. 

Trusting  the  work  will  be  begun  soon,  I  remain, 

^  11 

left  yesterday  afternoon  for  Florida  to  "be 

treatment  in  New  York  and  is  in  'batter  condition  than  he  has  been 
for  many  months.  In  addition  to  the  improvement  in  his  stomach, 

we  have  had  a  dentist  fr< 
with  all  his  appliances, 

om  New  York,  who  came  to  the  Laboratory 
chair  included,  and  has  given  Mr.  Edison 

an  entire  new  set  of  teeth,  making  him  look  very  much  younger  and 
better;  so  v-e  have  every  expectation  when  he  returns  from  Florida, 
that  he  will  be  in  sple.ndid.  shape  for  anything  that  may  come  up; 

We  received  a  letter  from  Rafn, asking  about  money.  Mr. 
Edison  made  the  following  memorandum  before  he  left :  "Tell  Dick 
to  advance  Rafn  whatever  money  may  be  necessary."  I  beg  herewith 
to  enclose  you -a  carbon  copy  of  letter  I  have  written  Rafn,  also  his 
letter  to  Mr.  SdiBon,  which  please  return  after  you  have  noted. 

V/e  are  rushing  the  work  on  the  Cement  plant  and  hope  to 
turn  over  in  April.  V/e  are  elso  making  up  six  setB  of  batteries 
and  hope  to  have  at  least  two  or  three  automobiles  running  sometime 

ready.  We  have  steam  on  at  Silver.  Lake  and  it  is  barely  possible 
we  may  get  aome  of  the  batteries  ready  in  three  weeks.  The  last 
tests  show  the  full  size  oell  gives  better  results  than  the  small 
one  and  there  is  no  trouble  from  gasing  and  so  far  no  other  tro’bl* 


have  developed;  so  v:e  all  feel  very  much  encouraged  and  believe 
now  that  we  have  entered  the  commercial  period. 

I  trust  that  you  are  having  good  success  in  your  negoti¬ 
ations  on  the  Norway  business.  V/ill  get  details  from  Mr.  Simpkin 
as  soon  as  he  shows  up. 

Yours  very  truly, 

c/o  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate , ltd. , 
London  ,Y'.C. 

(Enos. ) 

Dear  Mr.  Edison 

1  teg  herewith,  to  enclose  a  letter  from  B allant ine,  which 
I  think  may  he  of  Interest,  also  carton  copy  of  my  reply  tb  Mr. 
Diok,  which  explains  Itself,  and  In  which  we  plve  the  results  of 
the  analyses  of  the  same  material  ,  made  ty  MoCreath  and  Hetherlng- 

As  soon  as  ‘you  have  noted  this  letter,  please  return  it 
to  us  for  our  file. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Z  Encs. ) 

Thomas  A.  Edison ,3.8 5.  , 
Eort  Myers, 



H.E.DichjEsq. , 

c/o  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate  ,Xtd. , 

4-7  Amberley  House , Norfolk  St., 

London  ,W.O. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

goma  little  time  eince  '»  reoelvod  a  letter  from  Mr. 

Bellantine,  alee  »  oisar  to*  -*L.  0 1  Hematite  »d  *W‘“» 

Dunderlend  ore.  wit*  tte  re,™.*  «-t  we  hot.  ee^ed.  We 

Mod  two  eemplee  taMen,  one  o*  .Hot  wee  o»olyt.d  By  ear 

Chemlet  at  tie  moratory  witi  the  following  r.eolte. 

Hematite,  metallic  iron  68.40 

phosphorus  .0217 

Magnetite  metallic  Iron  69.19 

-  Phosphorus  _.0249 

n  Btter  from  McCreath,  showing 
We  heg  also  to  mdoBS'a  letter  irom 

magnetite,  metric  iron  *.». 

“  68-55;rr::;- ...  -  -  " 

amy  moo.,  wo  —  -“^-rrrCtit. 

Patter..?,*  stead  — •  «•  *“•“*“*  ^  ^ 

'  Yours  very  truly, 


Letterbook,  LB-068 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  March  1 902-January  1 903.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by 
Walter  S.  Mallory,  John  V.  Miller,  and  others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the 
planning,  construction,  and  financing  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  plant 
at  Stewartsville,  New  Jersey.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the 
technical  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline  storage  battery,  arrangements  for 
its  manufacture  and  sale  in  the  United  States  and  Great  Britain,  and  its  use  in 
electric  vehicles,  as  well  as  letters  pertaining  to  the  organization  of  the  Mining 
Exploration  Co.  of  New  Jersey  to  finance  Edison's  search  for  nickel  in  the 
Sudbury  district  of  Ontario  and  other  locations.  Also  included  are  letters 
regarding  the  erection  of  the  iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland 
region  of  Norway,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd., 
along  with  other  items  pertaining  to  Edison’s  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and 
ores.  There  are  a  few  letters  dealing  with  the  domestic  phonograph  business 
and  with  Edison's  efforts  to  sell  his  stock  in  the  Edison  Gower-Bell  Telephone 
Co.  of  Europe.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are 
several  letters  to  Lord  Kelvin  concerning  a  dinner  and  a  tour  of  the  West 
Orange  laboratory. 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "Personal 
Letter  Book  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  From  Mar  14, 1902  To  January  9,  1903." 
There  is  a  label  on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  496 
numbered  pages  and  an  index.  Approximately  20  percent  of  the  book  has  been 

Mar.  14,  1902. 

Mr.  A.  K.  Merritt,  WBgt, 

Yale  University, 

Mevf  Haven,  Oonn. 

Dear  Mr.  Merritt: 

I  received  your  letter  this  morning  and  I  thank  you  for 

your  kindness  in  making  the  inquiries  and  informing  me. 

I  think  it  would  he  heat  for  me  to  come  up  there  and  see 
the  taen  and  accordingly  I  am  planning  to  be  in  Hev/  Haven  Monday 
next.  It  is  very  kind  of  you  to  offer  me  the  use  of  your  offioe 
but  I  am  afraid  it  would  rather  inconvenience  you,  aB  I  shall 
have  a  room  at  the  hotel,  perhaps  it  would  he  better  to  have  the 
men  call  'there.  I  have  no  doubt  but  what  I  ORn  get  just  the  kind 
of  men  I  want  for  needle  work  as  well  as  a  geologist. 

Hoping  to  see  you  on  Monday,  1  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

March  14,1902. 

JameB  Beggs  &  Co., 

9  Bey  St., 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Blease  qflote  us  price  on  one  Pressure  Blower  (Baker  t 
P*tenO,  with  outlet,  giVinc  a  pressure  14  to  20  ounces. 

_  This  1b  to  be  used  in  a  pttle  Laboratory  Mr.  Edison  is 
fitting  up  for  use  in  bis  house. 

Yours  very  truly, 

-vork  on  the  briquetting  experiment  in  the  machine  shop 
has  beer,  practically  stopped,  to  get  out  work  for  the  Cement  and 
Storage  Battery  Companies. 

Ihle  of  oourse  will  prevent  another  trial  of  the  rotary 
kiln  until  after  this  other  work  is  out  of  the  way,  which  may  take 

'the  glass  is  expeoted  today. 

Yours  truly, 




1 lr.  J.  T.  Hubliard, 

Litchfield,  Conn. 

^ar  Sirs 

In  regard  to  the  Johnson  mine.  Mr.  Edison  has  written 
me  f rox.  Florida  saying  that  he  will  accept  your  offer  of  $180  for 
18.36  acrwg  and  right  of  way  to  highway,  including  the  surface  and 
mining  right*  about  the  bo  called  Johnson  mine,  Prospect  Mt. 

It  I  understand  rightly  the  land  thus  acquired  will  be 
bounded  to  the  N.  E.  by  the  main  road  which  passes  Mr.  P.  M.  Grannie 
house  and  the  roag  to  Bantam,  branching  off  from  this  near  the  Grannie 
mine.  Is  this  correct*? 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  you  to  draw  up  the  necessary  papers  and 
abstract  of  title  and  he  will  pay  the  $150  at  once. 

Your  letter  in  regard  to  accomodations  for  the  men  reoeired 
today  and  thank  you  for  your  kindness.  Reoeived  a  letter  from  Mr. 
Grannis  today  also. 

We  were  unable  to  find  any  nickel  in  the  sample  of  ore  you 
left  here.  Seemingly  it  is  mostly  iron  in  horn  blende. 

Yours  truly, 


Mar.  24,  1902. 

Mr.  T.  J.  By an, 

Sudbury,  Ont., 

Bear  Sirj 

Your  letter  In  regard  to  transference  of  leases  has  bedn 
submitted  to  Mr.  Edison  and  returned.  He  wished  to  have  the  leases 
transferred  to  himself  instead  of  the  storage  Battery  co.  as  first 
planned,  so  accordingly  the  matter  can  he  easily  adjusted. 

I  enclose  all  the  leases  so  far  received  namely: 

S.  7/fe  lot  4,  Con.  5,  Snider  \ 

S.  3/4  Lot  2,  Con.  1,  Eairbank 

Lot  12, Con.  1,  Creighton 

Lot  1,  Con.  3,  Gar b on 

Lot  12, Con.  4,  Ealoonbridge 

S.  3/4 
N.  1/2  of  S.  1/2 
S.  1/4 


Kindly  send  at  onoe  the  neoessary  papers  for  eaoh  which  we  must  fill 
out.  I  enclose  the  two  blanks.,  also  a  oheck  for  $1  to  Local  Master 
in  regard  to  the  lease  of  'g.  3/4  0f  Lot  12,  Con.  1  of  Creighton.  If 

I  have  not  filled  theja  out  correctly,  please  return  with  necessary 
corrections  indicated. 

I  enclose  the  letter  .from  the  department . 

YourB  truly, 



The  Physicians’ Association  of  America,^ 

24.3  Broadway,  \  / 

hewYork.  V 

April  2,  1902. 

In  roily  to  yo„r  favor  of  the  27*h  olt.,  I  t0  stat. 
th.t  there  1.  a  I.rty  t„  »y  entl.y  hy  the  r.»*  of  Mr.  Mrt,  T.  Prow. 

Yours  truly,  ^ 

S’.  .T.  Kirwan  &  Co., 

.  Bernardsville,  R,  J. 

Bear  Sir?: 

X  -beg  *  return 
■Wm.  I>.  Si- ia on  and  >.-/  to  -4 
for  tiie  aavnunt  at 
cruising  some  vr’viuu1  a  ."TO  !s< 

April  2,  1902. 

herewith  the  -bill  against  ray  son, 
that  you  will  hare  to  look  v.o  him 
lint  I  heard  o~iPr  was  that  he  wa a 

n-o  truly, 


John  Firth,  Esq., 

c/o  Da  Forrest  Wireless  Telegraph  Co., 
Jersey  City,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  7th  inst., 
that  T  have  no  Electro-moto-graph. 

Yours  truly, 

Apr.  9,  1902. 

I  heg  to  stati 

Geo.  B.  King,  Esq . , 

745  Broad  St . , 

Newark,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Apr.  9,  1902. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  7th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  care  to  dispose  of  any  of  my  property  in  Bloomfield  or 

Yours  truly, 



Apr.  17,  1902. 

R.  R.  Bowker,  Esq. , 

274  Lafayette  Ave., 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Rear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  12th  Inst.  came  duly  to  hand  and  in 
reply  I  beg  to  state  that  I  will  he  glad  to  see  you  any  time.  Before 
coming  over  I  would  advise  you  to  call  up  on  the  telephone  so  as  to 
bo  sore  that  I  am  here. 

Yours  truly, 



Apr.  17,1902. 

W.  L.  Edison,  Esq., 

Manteo,  IT.  C. 

Dear  Will: 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ult.  addressed  to  your  father  came 
duly  to  hand,  after  handing  same  to  him  he  told  me  that  there  have 
been  a  lot  of  patents  taken  out  on  this  idea  and  that  the  general 
impression  is  that'  a  combination  of  this  kind  is  of  no  value. 

Yours  truly, 


April  17,  1902. 

Adams  Express  Co.,  59  Broadway, 
New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  11th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  had  a  fine  time.  Why  oan’t  you  come  down  next  year,  we  do 
not  wear  dress  suits  on  the  Gulf  side.  Am  greatly  pleased  that  dowry 
haa  arrived  where  he  should  have  been  years  ago. 

My  boys  will  have  the  first  automobile  with  new  batteries 
running  in  12  days  they  say,  and  3  or  4  besides  before  the  month'  is 
out.  We  have  already  had  a  short  test  out  on  the  road  with  an  auto 
and  everything  is  going  to  be  all  right.  Studebaker  is  shipping  us 
a  delivery  wagon  and  test  on  this  will  give  you  some  data.  The  trouble 
is  going  to  be  in  the  Tire. 

Yours , 


Miss  Mary  E.  Miller, 

Oak  Place, 

Akron,  0. 

Pear  Miss  Miller: 

As  per  request  of  your  brother.,  TXr.  John  V.  Miller,  I 
t>«E  to  anoloa.  you  her.wlih  two  paper,  la  oouueotlou  with  ulokel 
mine,  in  Panada  for  your  aignatura,  Will  you  kindly  sign  your  ' 

1  ta"'*  "rtU”>  “  WU  to  loth  of  tte  pupar.  „a 
th,  .u.o.,4  should  he  awora  to  her.r.  a  notary  Public,  aho  ah.uld 
ce  sure  and  put  his  seal  on  same. 

\?hen  the,  are  completed  will  you  kindly  send  them  to  me 
t"“  earliest  possible  moment,  and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  truly. 

Apr.  22,1902. 

£  i' 

Samuel  Insull,  Esq., 

139  Adams  St., 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state  that 
I  personally  went  through  every  scrap  hook  in  the  place  and  have  heen 
unahle  to  find  the  article  which  you  mention.  You  might  he  able  to 
obtain  a  copy  of  the  artiole  from  any  of  the  following  gentlemen: 

Uta.  J.  Hammer,  Luther  Steiringer  or  Chas.  Batchelor.  Regretting  very 

Apr.  22,1902. 

R.  0.  Preston  Means,  Esq., 

Means  &  Pulton  Iron  TOcs., 

Birmingham,  Ala. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  14th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  Banks  is  a  good  draughtsman  hut  in  regard  to  his  ability  to 
handle  men,  I  have  my  doubts. 

57,1/2  Old  Broad  St., 

London,  E.  c.,  Eng. 

x  jr;:ito;::;aTor  °r  - ett  1  - — 

the  Dunderland  iron  Ore  Co.^  ^  **  pr°spectus  of 

Yours  truly, 

95  ( 

traction.  It  will  have  half  the  weight  of  those  now  in,  »  .<•• wires  no  attention,  is  fool  proof  and  has  the  merit  of 
having  none  or  very  slight  depreciation. 

I  shall  test  five  automobiles  between  the  factory  and 
Morristown,  IT.  J .  and  when  the  batteries  have  run  5000  miles  each 
at  a  high  speed  and  do  not  show  any  deterioration,  and  I  am  entirely 
satisfied  that  they  are  all  right,  I  will  then  start  the  factories. 
We  shall  have  a  capaoity  of  about  46,000  H.  P.  yearly.  Hie  teat 
automobiles  will  oertalnly  be  going  in  May. 

Yours  truly. 

1.  C.  Weir,  Esq.., 

o/o  Adams  Express  Co., 

Mew  York. 


Jame3  Gaunt, Esq. , 

365  Canal  Street, 
New  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  pours  of  the  25th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state  that 
my  understanding  of  the  conversation  on  Rehruary  8th,  1902,  and 
those  subsequent,  in  the  matter  o.'  negotiations  for  the  reduction 
of  ore  of  the  Sold  Roads  Mine  owned  by  Messrs,  Posey  &  Bayly,  is 
that  I  am  to  furnish  a  soheme  for  working  the  ore,  and  build  a 
pnm-n  model  at  the  laboratory  at  our  joint  expense. 

You  are  to  work  up  the  details  of  an  arrangement,  subject 
to  my  approval,  before  the  tests  are  made,  with  Posey  and  Bayly 
and  their  associates  for  working  my  machinery  and  appliances  at  this 
Mine;  and  if  the  tests  prove  satisfactory  to  Messrs.  Posey  &  Bayly 
and  the  scheme  and  appliances  are  adopted  by  them,  you  and  I  are 
to  share  and  share  alike  in  any  profit  in  the  undertaking. 

Yours  very  truly, 


T.  -C.  Martin,  Esq. , 

114  liberty  3t>., 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin:- 

I  em  in  receipt  of  your  favor  in  which,  you  st^te  that 
the  name  of  Mr.  Stie ringer  has  been  suggested  in  connection  with 
the  Franklin  Institute  medals,  and  that  in  a  recent  conversation 
with  Mr.  Stieringer  that  gentleman  expressed  a  desire  to  Becure, 
if  possible,  soijie  brief  statement  from  myself  giving  an  opinion 
as  to  his  vrerk  in  el  octrio  illumination',  his  desire  being,  as  I 
tinder Btar.d  it,  to  include  such  letter  amongst  his  documents  in 
tbs  cane. 

I  have-  much  pleasure  therefore  in  conveying  through  you 
my  high  opinion  of  the  great  utility  of  the  work  which  Mr.  Luther 
Stieringer  has  done  in  the  development  and  perfection  of  electric 
illumination,  particular  as  dependent  upon  the  incandescent  lamp.. 
From  the  earliest  stages  of  my  work  in  the  invention  and  develop- 
nori'  of  Incandescent  lighting,  now  soma  twenty-five  years,  I  have 
b~oit  glad  to  avail  myself  of  the  practical  ideas  and  suggestions 
which  Mr.  Stieringer  derived  from  his  prior  experience  in  connect¬ 
ion  with  gas  lighting.  She  art  has  needed  a  great  many  refine¬ 
ments  adapting  it  to  better  use  and  insuring  the  highest  safety 
and  efficiency,  and  in  all  that  relates  to  the  electric  fixture 

ejrt  Hr.  Stieringer' s  work  must  always  be  prominent. 

Tn  addition  to  this  it  is  well  known  to  you  that  Mr. 
Stieringer  has  dsveloped  not  only  engineering  ap-titudes  of  a  high 
order,  but  has  found  the  means  for  illustrating  the  superior  flex 
loility  of  the  electric  light  in  a  Berieo  of  Bpeotacular  effects, 
extending  over  a  period  "f  the  last  twelve  years  at  leading 
Expositions  in  this  country, notably  at  the  Chicago  World’s  Pair 
in  «fid  culminating  in  the  display  at  the  Pan -.American  last 

■war..  Tn  .fact,  no  account  of  the  development  of  decorative 
.igntina  in  America  would  be  complete  which  did  not  embrace  the 
jri.UiHnt  and  successful  work  done  by  Mr.  Stieringer. 

Trusting  that  the  above  notes  will  serve  as  a  eatisfao' 
orj  to  your  question,  and  that  Mr.  Stieringer  may  again 

May  13th, 1902. 

Mr.  Diok:- 

We  cannot  find  one  of  the  original  agreements  between 
Messrs.  Edison,  Bergmann  and  Diet  and  the  Edison  Ore  Milling 
Syndicate .Ltd.,  dated  October  16th,  1899.  We  have  a  copy  which  is 
endorsed  as  follows: 

"Original  signed  and  acknowledged  October  16,1899,  by  Mr. 
Edison  and  Mr.  Dick,  before  me,  as  Master  in  Chancery  of  Mew  Jersey 
and  handed  to  Mr.  Dick,  who  at  once  handed  same  to  Mr.  Beazly,  from 
London,  England.  (Signed)  Alexander  Elliott, Jr." 

Undoubtedly,  there  were  two  original  copies  signed  and 
we  think  we  should  have,  one  of  them.  Do  you  know  what  became  of 



Chicago,  ni. 

tear  Sirs 

1  understand,  that  I  am  to  design  the  plant  for  the 
Ihr.v.-.eriand  Iron  Ora  Co.,  lay  out  the  general  plans  and  he  consulted 
on  all  details;  that  while  this  is  being  done  Itr..  Simple  In  is  to  be 
ay  assistant  and  under  my  directions.  Wien  the  general  plan  and  sketch 
details  are  finished*-  Mr.  Simpkin  is  then  to  go  to  tondon  and  finish 
up  the  detail  plans r  then  as  fast  as  the  detail  plans  are  completed 
copies  are  to  be  sSnt  to  me  to  check  and  for  my  approval,  this  can  be 
done  at  same  time  the  prints  are  sent*  out  for  bid  and  I  oan  correct 
any  defects  berore  oorittadts  are  closed. 

It  being  understood  that  I  will  not  be  in  any  way  responsi¬ 
ble  for  any  work  or  devices  contracted  for  or  constructed  that  does 
not  haws  my  approval,  it  being  also  understood  that  I  am  to  have, 
privilege  of  having  my  private  inspector  inspect  any  or  all  the  work 
during  construction. 

Yours  truly, 

Harold  -P.  Brown, Esq. , 

120  liberty  Street, 

Sometime  since  there  was  an  agreement  made  between  ufS  for 
the  use  -of  the  bond.  Pram -time  to  time,  you  Have  made  various 
statements  as  to  the  condition  of  the  business  and  have  said  that 
yon  -would  render  statements,  none  of  which  have  ever  been  received. 
J  would  hB  obliged  if  you  would  render  an  accounting  up  tp  date. 

Your  early  attention  will  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly. 

I  have  just  learned  that  Roberts  has  ordered  two  65  ton 
and  two  80  ton  Vulcnfc  shovels.  These  were  bought  by  Slmphln 
without  saying  me.  I  presume  the  two  65  ton  shovels 
are  for  R.R.  wort,  for  whloh  they  are  more  suitable  than  the  larger 
shovels,  and  th/y  oa^arpbaVly  be  sold  when  the  railroad  lp  con¬ 
structed;  by;  aB  rega^flfe  /he  80  ton  shovels,  they  will  be  of  no 
value  for  mining Jre sent  oonstrueted.  I  have  had  a  very 
large  experience  in  handling  large  rook,  both  at  Edison  and 
Stewartsville ,  which  has  brought  out  certain  defects  in  the 
shovels,  arising  from  handling  large  rocks  without  chaining,  as  is 
the  usual  praotioe.  I  intended  that  certain  changes  should  he 
made  in  the  parts  of  the  shovels,  which  have  a  bad  record;  so 
that  Instead  of  an  average  of  five  hours  per  a*y,  Per  month,  out  of 
a  possible  ten  hours,  I  would  get  seven  at  least.  To^do  this, 
the  shovel  should  in  places,  be  very  much  stronger  than  would  seem 

The  two  80  ton  shovels,  on  account  of  breakdowns,  causing 
a  low  monthly  average,  will  raise  the  cost  of  the  ore  considerably 

above  my  estimate;  therefore,  please  notify  the  London  people 
that  my  figures  as  to  cost  at  Mine  mUBt  be  raised,  if  these  shovels 
are  to  be  used. 

Yours  very  truly. 

May  201:11*1902. 

My  dear  Major  Bent:- 

Mr.  Edison  has  fully  noted  yours  of  the  16th  Inst,  and 
says  he  Is  very  glad  to  know  you  are  pleased  with  what  you  saw  on 
your  visit  to  the  Cement  Works.  It  is  his  expectation  to  go  to 
Stewartsvllle  and  remain  there  some  little  time,  the  moment  the 
Works  are  ready  to  operate. 

Regarding- the  present  status  of  the  Storage  Battery,  beg 
to  state  that  we  are  this  week  assembling  the  first  of  the  nww  cells 
and  hope  within  the  next  three  or  four  weeks,  to  have  six  or  seven 
automobiles  running  on  road  tests,  and  unless  some  unexpected 
trouble  develops,  we  will  be  ready,  in  about  six  weeks  from  now,  to 

The  battery,  up  to  the  present  time,  has  realized  all  01 
expectations  and  we  hope  to  be  able  to  break  some  of  the  road 
records  as  to  the  number  of  miles  we  can  travel  on  one  charge. 

Mr.  Edison  Joins  the  writer  in  sending  kindest  regards, 
tours  very  truly, 

Major  1.  s.  Bent,  -  ../‘y 

312  airara  Building, 

Bhil adelphi a  ,P  a . 

May  20th, 1902. 


.  Dick, Esq. , 

154  Lake  Street, 

Chicago,  Ills. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Hr.  Edison,  In  loolS 
that  he  is  to  design  the  plant,, 
time,  he  has  reoeived  no 
designing,  and  while  he  is 
complete,  such  notice  shoi 


(spectus  to-day,  notes 
^  to  the  present 
go  ahead  with  the 
think&^to  keep  the  records 


May  21,1902. 

M.  B.  TVhittlesey,  Esq. , 

72  Home  Company  Bldg.* 

Betrolt,  Mich. 

Dear  Sirs 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  lat  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  do  not  remember  Mr.  Clancy’s  family.  I  think  Mr.  JaBjes 
Symington  of  Port  Huron,  Mich,  can  obtain  the  information  for  you. 
Yours  tnuly, 

Alexander  Morten,  Esq., 
44  Beaver  St., 
Hew  York. 

May  21,1902. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  1st  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  automobiles  with  new  battery  will  be  running  on  experimental  test 
in  about  ten  days.  Eaotories  will  start  Belling  batteries  in  about 
S  months  but  doubt  if  English  company  will  be  in  position  to  manufac¬ 

ture  this  summer . 

Yours  truly, 


Pobert  Hafn,  Esq,., 

Savoy  Hotel, 

Berlin,  Germany. 

Dear  sir; 

in  reply  r,Tor  ,t  tl„  ^  t  „„  to  ^ 

lfl“  1  t'’*,  **  lr“  ~  *  -tly  »«i. 

1  °h"'6<a-  °”  “« *  ”f  ”•«  — **  fti  «ir  •«  te.tea, 

*■  ■‘lrri“at-  **“  *—  -  Mneneaum  pel.  „iMly,  J 

second  plating  after  disaharoat  ^ 

it.  disoharge  is  poor  and  we  have  not  yet  got  over 

„«  .  ,  K‘ep  “*  th*  "a  rl<*'  for  our  »!<“■»>  »°  aifth. 

patent  will  mem  eomethlng  »en  w,  s.t  tt, 

Sours  truly, 


Dear  Sir :  - 

Kr.  Edison  requests  that  you  will  advise  us  where  you 
^•ruhi.e  Phosphoric  Anhydride,  He  says  that  he  will  want  to 
use  quite  a  little  of  it  for  the  Storage  Battery  plant  and  wants  to 
get  at  headquarters  for  buying. 

V/e  will  appreciate  the  information. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Prank. Dyer,  Bag.., 

May  22,  1302, 


31  Nassau  St . , 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Please  append  patent  office  references  and  let  us  try 
to  answer  these  questions,  so  we  can  fix  claims  before  taking  out 
patent,  now  allowed. 

Yours  truly, 



MEIli  R. 

1st.  Who  vfa.a  first  to  use  a  Boale  team  with  the  counter  on  the 
■Beam  in  an  electrio  meter. 

2nd.  Who  first  to  work  such  a  Beam  by  a  selenoid  with  coil  in 
aeries  with  the  lamps. 

3rd.  Who  first  to  use  soft  unmagnetized  iron  in  such  a  solenoid. 

4th.  Who  first  to  wind  a  fine  wire  on  suoh  selenoid  to  produce 
aiv  initial  magnetism  suoh  coil  Being  across  the  line. 

5th.  Who  first  to  wind  the  selenoid  coils  on  a  copper  tube  to 
retard  the  violence  of  the  action  of  a  short  oirouit  on  the  beam. 

6th.  Who  first  to  make  double  windings  of  the  selenoid  to  permit 
of  the  use  as  a  3  wire  meter. 

7th.  Who  first  to  do  as  in  6  with  an  extra  coil  to  give  initial 
magnetism  to  the  core  and  such  coil  across  the  line. 

8th.  Same  as  7  with  sgft  iron  core. 

9th.  Who  first  to  use  a  hollow  oore  or  tuBe  of  soft  iron  in  meter 

10th.  Who  first  to  overbalance  the  meter  Beam  with  recorder  on  the 

11th.  Who  first  to  use  a  friction  driven  wheel  connected  to  a  counter 
by  power  transmitting  mechanism,  so  a  rotation  of  the  wheel  advances 
the  Recorder. 

12th.  Who  first  as  in  11  to  have  such  a  wheel  so  arranged  that  it  is 
free  to  lift  when  it  comes  in  contact  with  an  extraneous  body  in 
motion  and  produce  traction  for  driving  the  wheel. 

13th.  Who  first  used  a  revolving  interegating  wheel. 

14th.  Who  first  to  drive  this  by  a  worm. 

15th.  Who  first  to  form  such  wheel  so  its  surface  shall  at  all  points 


■be  of  approximately  of  the  i 

•  sweep  of  the/traction  wheel 

16th.  TO 10  first  drove  any  kind  of  an  intergrating  dpvioe  by  a 
motor  across  the  line.  ^ 

17th.  TOio  first  drove  any  kind  of  an  intergrating  device  "by  a  motor 
aoross  the  line  with  any  device  operated  hy  a  solenoid  in  serieB  with 
the  lights. 

18th.  Who  first  used  a  motor  with  a  govenor,  worked  by  friction 
run  continuously  and  placed  across  the  line. 

19th.  Who  first  as  in  18,  with  addition  of  a  beam  with,  the  counter 
thereon  and  a  selenoid  in  series  and  containing  a  soft  iron  core. 

80.  Who  first  made  a  motor  having  a  govenor  with  pendulous  govenor 
arms  engaging  glass  to  provide  the  friotion  of  relaidation. 

After  these  have  been  settled  and  perhaps  one  more  applica¬ 
tion  made  we  will  be  in  a  pat  position  to  draw  up  good  claims. 

Mrs.  C.  E.  Keirihard, 

530  E.  Buchtel  Ave., 
Akron,  0. 

May  22,1902. 


In  reply  to 

that  at  present  I  have 

your  favor  of  the  19th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
i  no  position  whiah  I  can  offer  your  son. 
Yours  truly, 

...  O  • 

J  /li'i  CL.  (ooLuLm 

May  23rd, 1902. 

Arthur  Koppel.Eeq. , 

66-68  Broad  Street, 

Will  you  i.luuue  mot,  „»  on  ao  sets  or  ™i„,  Ui,  snd 
»i.  a,  »ieel,  t0  b.  a0  M  28„  ln  aimsterj  Btmdar(i 

8ause'  *°  r<“  “  *  30  «u-  *h.  «.  W,  to  n« 

on  the  top  and  without  apripgp. 

We  wish  to  use  these  in  some  experimental  worJc  and  intend 

“  ^  »•>  »«J  .  OM  iron  pit., 

In  Quoting  u, ,  pl«»„  ,ay  hm  eoon  you  c>lt  furnlab  a> 

l7,,m,rM  “»*  “*  It"  »»*  »  •  iinranolon  .fc.toh,  .Wing 
what  you  are  quoting  <,n. 

By  -twenty  sets?,  we  mean  wheels  and  axles  for  twenty  cars, 
that  is,  two  axles  for  wheels  aqd  no  axle  boxes. 

Ypurs  yery  truly. 

Harold  P.  Brown, Esq.,  * 

120  liberty  Street, 

Hew  York. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Heplying  to  youra  of  the  21st  inst* ,  which  have  fully 
notea,  beg  to  state  that  Mr.  Upton  had  no  authority  to  speak  for  me 
In  this  matter,  and  he  states  that  he  hah  not  made  any  statements 
to  you;  in  fact,  that  the  matter  never  hoe  been  mentioned  to  him 
by  mye elf .  What  1  want  is,  that  otir  understanding  be  carried  out 

in  good  faith,  and  I  will  be  obliged  if  you  will  submit  me  s  State¬ 
ment  in  detail  from  the  time  the  business  was  first  started. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Hr.  E,  A.  Barling ,M.  fc. , 

Since  I  have  learned  about  the  hearing  on  the  first  36" 
rolls  being  out  owing  to  dirt  and  foreign  material,  I  have  con¬ 
cluded  that  it  will  he  heat  not  to  operate  any  more  of  the 
machinery  at  Stewartsville  until  3  arrive.  You  will,  therefore, 
discontinue  the  work  of  operation  and  bend  all  your  energies  towardB 
completing  the  plant,  and  1  will  arrange  to  go  to  Stewartsville  at 
an  early  date,  to  take  charge  of  the  starting  up. 

Yours  very  truly. 

May  29th,  1902. 


Theo.  Audel  &  Co., 


63  5th  Avenue, 

Dear  Slrs:- 

Hew  York. 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  26th  Inet. ,  beg  to  state  that 
if  you  will  send  a  copy  of  the  Self  Propelled  Vehicles ,  I  would  - 
fce  very  glad  to  look  it  over. 

Yours  very  truly, 

James  Gaunt ,Esq. ,  j 

365  Canal  Street, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir : - 

Mr.  Edison  desires  me  to  thank  you  for  the  three  cakes 
of  "Pear’s"  soap,  which  arrived  to-day.  He  says  he  thinks  these 
will  enable  him  to  try  the  experiment  he  has  in  mind''  -  I  called 
Mr.  Edison's  attention  to  the  fact  that  Mr.  Pospy  will' be  EAst 
shortly  and  will  try  and  get  the  agreement  in  shape  before  he 

Yours  very  truly. 

sff'-ifl  -t 

May  29,3.902, 

ir  ' 

¥.  J.  Hammer,  'ftsq. , 

26  Cortlandt  St.,' 

■Hew  York. 

r  sir: 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  the  names  of  the  electrolyti 
^eonle  you  mention  in  your  favor  of  the  27th  inst. 

The  Marconi  business  is  progressing. 

Yours  truly, 

E.  H.  Davis,  Esq. , 
141  Broadway, 
Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

May  29,1902. 

in  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  inst.,  *  T,eg  to  Btat0 
that  our  men  start  out  from  Sudbury  July  8th.  If  they  sasB  through 
the  territory  containing  your  property  we  would  be  glad  to  go  *Ter 

Yours  truly, 

June  3rd, 1902. 

My  dear  Mr.  Ulbri  cht :  - 

I  have  shown  Mr.  Edison  yours  of  the  31st  ult.  ,  in  which 
you  state  that  your  principals  are  vriLlling  to  accept  a  payment  of 
$10,000.  and  interest  on  account  of  the  notes  for  $30,000,  which 
fall  due  on  July  first.  V'e  will  have  the  one  note  prepared  for 
$20,000.  and  give  you  a  check  for  the  $10,000.  and  interest  on 
July  1st. 

Mr.  Edison  appreciates  very  much  the  accommodation  from 
your  principals  and  your  help  in  the  matter,  and  joins  me  in  the 
wish  that  you  will  have  a  very  pleasant  and  profitable  trip  in  the 

Yours  very  truly, 

G.  Ulhricht ,Esq. , 

30  Broad  Street, 

Hew  York. 


June  23,  1902. 

■Standard  Construction  Corporation,  Ltd., 

7  Amberley  House,  Norfolk  St., 

London,  W.  C.,  England. 

Dear  Sirs: 

Answering  yours  of  the  9th  inst.,  will  say  that  nothing  will 
be  done  with  my  foreign  patents  until  I  am  manufacturing  the 
battery  commercially  here.  When  I  do  my  foreign  business,  the  work 
will  be  done  by  Mr.  Dick  under  my  direction  and  instructions  and 
each  country  will  ha 7«  its  own  organisation  a:.v!  manufacturing  plant 
for  that  country  only. 

In  Enelavw:  9  new  corporation  vr.,M  >  c  formed  on  such  lines 
that  se*:-.  to  me  ti.  -,j  fair  the  i. -r  “\-  .ho  well  as  myself. 

Yours  very  truly* 

June  10th, 1902. 

of  New  Jersey, 

Orange ,  N. J . 

Dear  Sirs:  — 

I  am  the  owner  of  the  following  patents  of  the  United 
States  and  the  Dominion  of  Canada. 

United  States  Patents 

For  a  process  for  extracting 
copper  pyrites, dated  DecSm'ber 
15, 1901. 

Eor  a  process  for  separating 
ores, dated  July  21st, 1896. 

For  a  process  for  treating 
ores, dated  July  12,J893. 

For  an  elevator  and  conveyor 
dated  October  27th, 1899. 

For  a  method  of  apparatus  for 
reducing  rook, etc.-,  dated 
Dec.  29th, 1899. 

I  Iv-’K  granted  to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 
corporation  of  the  State  of  Hew  Jersey,  a  license  under  Canadlah 
patents  #43588  and  United  States  patents  564423  and  465250. 

I  offer  to  3*11  *r>  you  for  use  in  United  States  and 
Canadf:  only,  Canadisn  patents  43588  and  United  States  patents 
564423,  subject  to  the  said  license-  4o  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 

# 465,250 

Canadian  patent e- 

#  iZ.tse, 

ir  64,611 

#  65,594- 

ye  art 

view  of  my  many  other  interests  and  engagements, 

22  8 

July  7,  1902 

K.  oVe  no..:  .  •'.»  !,r 

Vand'.'V/j| 28, 

-i-'V-j  jn:v  ;e,  Denmark. 

Dear  Sir; 

1  T.eiieve  that  v/ithin  thirty  years  nearly  all  of  the  Railways 
will  discard  the  steam  locomotive  and  adopt  electric  motors^  and  that 
the-  electric  utomohile  will  displace  horse  traction  almost  entirely. 
That  in  the  r  re  sent  state  of  science  there  are  no  facts  known  hy  which 
one  could  predict  any  future  fdf  commercial  Aerial  navigation. 

Yours  truly. 





x  have  your  letter  telling  me  that  Mr.  Betts  would  tie 

glad  to  consider  my  views  hearing  dpon  the  scope  of  my  inventions 
and  claims,  and  any  reasons  why  such  claims  could  ta  construed  to 

apply  to  the  Marconi  system. 

I  think  it  would  he  more  satiBfaqtory  to  have  the  views 
of  some  third  person,  and  1  have  asked  Professor  Crocker  of  Colunfoia 
College  for  his  views  qf  the  subject. 

Yours  truly. 

j' ft. por  Francis  B.  Crooker, 

’7i5S;*!stalilo,  Mass. 

My  ,'Dsar  Orooker: 

Will  you  kindly  look  at  my  patent  of  December  29-th,  1891, 

No.  465,971,  and  compare  it  with  the  Marconi  patent,,  and  tell  me 
what  bearing,  in  your  opinion,  my  invention  and  claims  have  upon  the 
claims  of  Mr.  Marconi’s  patent  and  whether,  in  your  opinion,  my  claims 
can  be  construed  to  apply  to  the  Marconi  system,  as  shown  in  these, 
elaims  of  hie  patent  Which  may  .reasonably  he  considered  valid. 

I  und-oMstEutd  that  in  some  quarters  tjiepe  exists  an  impression 
that  there  is  some.jnseromatic  importance  attached  to  what  are  now 
called  Hertzian  -waves.  1  would  especially  like  your  viewB  as  to  whe¬ 
ther  the  olalms 'In  the  Maroonl  patent  do  in  fact  conoern  a  principle 
radically  different  from  and  opposed  to  the  principle  that  is  the  sub¬ 
ject  of  the  claims  in  my  patent;  or,  whether,  on  the  other  hand,  eleo- 
trJo  waves  are  electric  waves  whether  they  be  called  inductive  or 


Professor  PranoiB  B.  Crocker, 



Barnstallif  Pass. 

3'V  2sr-.'  Crocket! 

If  I  3ucoee&  in  doing  anything  with  the  Marconi  people, 
v.V'J..  ..  you  a  fee  otherwise  I  shall  feel  like  asking  you  to  charge 

yoi.;  ’  ••.•yie  off  to  Profit  and  Loss. 

Yours  truly, 

S'  July  9*  1902. 

\  / 

Messrs.  Tiffany  &  Co.,  \  / 

Union  Square,  * 

Hot  York. 

*“Slr’m  y„  .and  out  .».«  houae  1»  a-W  «* 

Orange,  H.  J.  to  repair  a  clock,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

V7ill  %Vou  kindly  have  all  the  letters  for  Master  Charles 
Edi3on,  Hiss  Madeline  Edison  and  myself  forwarded  to  the  Laboratory 
instead  of  my  house  at  Llewellyn  Park  until  further  notice,  and  oblige. 


Hew  York. 

Dear  Sirs:  — 

I  foawe  yours'  of  the  7th  inst.  enclosing  copy  of  letter 
of  June  25th,19Q2r  from  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndioate .Limited, 
also  copy  of  letter  of  August  2nd, 1900,  from  Mr.  Joseph  Lawrence, 
all  Of  which  have  been  carefully  noted. 

There  is  no  question  but  what  the  Syndicate  are  entitled 
to  the  Cement  rights  on  all  machinery  which  comes  in  under  . the 
contract,  but  the  machinery  and  devices  designed  specially  for 
Cement  work  and  invented  after  the  contract  was  made,  does  not  go 
to  them  without  further  consideration  to  me. 

The  patents  covered  by  yours  of  June  llth.,1902,  were 
assigned  in  error  and  should  be  re-assigned  to  me. 

Yours  very  -truly, 

ir r0  bailor*  .»  ;ie  to  write  and  a,-;c  you  to  have  an 

■•ate  jufij.-  up  at  the  eao  it  possible  moment  of  3v.  w  much  money 
t.111  :’2qt  ir*  '■■■■'  the  months  «•;  July  and  August. 

V»6 ■  to  '(ga%  this  as  quickly  as  possible  so  we  can 
an  assessment  upon  the  stock  holders  of  the  Exploration  Company. 

Yours  truly, 

July  17,1902. 

>  5 

John  H.  Wood,  Esq. , 

171  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  check  from  the  Hartford  Eire 
Insurance  Company  made  out  in  the  name  of  Mina  M.  Edison.  Will  you 
kindly  let  me  know  if  this  is  correct  and  return  same  to  me  and  oblige. 
Yours  truly, 

S.  0.  Edison,  Esq., 
Windsor  Hotel, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Bear  fir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  a  letter  from  S.  litchfield. 
Hr.  Eu' non  wished  me  to  ask  you  to  answer  same. 

Yours  truly, 

July  22,  1902. 

Jo  Henry  Brady,  Esq., 
Bo  Usville,  Ky. 

In  reply  to  your  .favor  of  the  8th  inst., 
do  no.,  know  wasra  you  can  of. tain  the  thin 
•n  your  letter.-- 

I  teg  to  gtate 
aheet  metal  mentioned 

Yours  truly, 

July  23,  1902. 

H.  Mo  K,  Twombly, ^Esq. , 

Mills  Bldg., 

Kew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Will  you  kindly  return  to  me  as  soon  as.  possible  the  $20,000 
note  mentioned  in  your  letter  of  June  30th  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

July  I9D»-. 

H,  E.  Dick,  Esq, 

163  West  Jackson  Blvd . , 

*’  i.  P 

I  Deg  to  enclose  you  herewith,  u  letter  drafted  "by  Mr.  Eaisoi 
for  Mr.  Wallace.  Will  you  kindly  look  over  same  and  make  any  changes 
which  you  think  necessary  and  return  it  to  me  and  I  will  have  it 
re  written,  signed  hy  Mr.  Edison  and  sent  to  him.  I  also  enclose 
you  herewith  your  letter  of  July  16th  with  a  memo .  from  Mr.  Edison 
on  same  and  a  letter  from  Mr0  W.  H.  Stewart. 

Master  Hamilton  Twombly, 
V inland,  Newport, 
Rhode  Island. 

Dear  Sir 

that  V  *: 
It  will 
put  the 

Ir.  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  16th  Inst.,  I  hee  to  state 
e  Tt  the  '>mohil«  to  arrive  at  the  factory  within  a  week. 

IV  a  tty,  days  -to  make  eome  changes  on  it  and  then  I  will 
ar ’•tery  in  and  ship  it  to  Newport. 

You  will  have  no  trouble  in  running  it;  my  boy  who  is  only 

July  24,  1902. 

The  North  American  Review, 
Franklin  Square, 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  inst.,  I  heg  to  Btate 
that  so  far  we  only  have  two  autos  running,  one  has  made  1127  miles, 
the  other  400.  Until  I  get  some  changes  made  on  the  autos  so  they 
will  not  break  down  all  the  time,  I  can  not  keep  the  five  going. 

Better  postpone  the  scheme  for  a  month,  when  I  hope  to  have 

all  going. 

Yours  truly, 

Mr.  Chas.  T.  Hughes,  Mgr., 
General  Electric  Co., 
44  Broad  St.,  N.  Y, 

July  24,  1902, 


Your  favor  of  the  23rd  inst.  addressed  to  Mr.  \7.  8.  Mallory 
in  regard  to  returning  the  two  motors  which  we  have  here  at  the  Labor¬ 
atory  has  been  turned  over  to  me  to  have  the  shipment  made.  Will 
you  kindly  let  me  know  at  the  earliest  possible  moment  where  you 

wish  these  motors  shipped  and  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

As  per  your  telephone  message,  I  spoke  to  Mr.  Edison  about 
his  going  to  Stewart 3ville  tomorrow  and  he  requested  me  to  Bay  that 
he  is  too  busy  here  at  present  to  come  up  tomorrow  and  does  not  want 
to  come  up  until  you  are  sure  everything  is  all  right  and  when  it  is 
you  can  notify  him  to  that  effect  and  he  will  come  up. 

Yours  truly, 

July  31,  1902. 


Lias.  T.  Hughe  a ,  Esq., 

General  Electric  Co . t 
44  Broad  St.,  H.  Y. 

ear  Sirs 

Aa  per  your  favor  of  the  25th  Inst.,  1  heg  to  state  that 
c aterd  r;v  S  shipped  to  the  General  Eieotrio  Co.,  lynn,  Mass,  the 
wo  s>«t*.'«*Tsii»  motors  and  sent  them  Bill  of  lading  for  same. 

Yours  truly, 

Treasurer,  Orange  Methodist  Church, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Aug.  1,  1902. 

The  day  Mrs.  Edison  left  to  go  away  she  handed-  me  6  whole 
tickets  and  5  children  tickets  for  the  excursion  to  Ashury  Park  and 
Ocean  Grove  to  give  a  certain  party,  I  handed  the  tickets  to  the  party 
and  he  has  just  given  me  the  money  for  which  X  enclose  check  for  $8.00 
as  per  instructions  from  Mrs.  Edison.  Kindly  acknowledge  receipt, 
and  oblige.  Yours  truly, 

Aug.  I2th,  1902 


Aug.  12th,  1902. 

My  Dear  Wallace 

X  suppose  Dick  has  already  told  you  that  I  proposed 
to  '  tiiijii  n>*  o)i  the  battery  and  not  to  consolidate  v/ith  anybody,  no 
matter  -/hat  the  consequences  maybe.  You  are  under  a  misapprehension 
about  my  employing  chemists  and  that  they  have  wrongly  advised  me;  X 
never  employed  a  chemist  in  working  up  this  battery.  I  do  my  own  chemi¬ 
cal  work. 

Regarding  the  battery  in  England,  T  have  placed  it  in  the  hands 
of  Mr.  Dick  and  when  everyhting  is  ready,  he  will  come  over  prepared  to 
talk  business  and  if  you.  are  not  in  the  deal,  I  shall  be  very  much  mis¬ 
taken,  as  both  Mr.  Dick  and  myself  have  a  very  high  regard  for  you,  but 
the  yu'inger  branch  of  the  business  we  shall  have  nothing  to  do  with. 

Yours  truly, 

August  13th, 1502, 

led  to  your  Issue  of  the  Sth  Inst, 
mver  statinij  that  a' 

;old  from  the  dry  placers  of  the 
well  in  my  laboratory,  but 

>ce*«  vovked  perfectly  in  actual 
;h  small  value  in  sold  per  cubic 
iommer  daily. 

mt  was  spent  on  the  plant  is 

;al  pi 


August  13,190a. 

Mr.  Ainsv/orth:  - 

Yours  of  the  23rd  at  hand.  X  h  m>  been  ab- 
v/eeks  starting  up  the  Cement  Works  or  I  would  have 
>re . 

gl^d  you  got  the  phono  working  all  right.  If  you  want 
rds  say  the  word.  Our  latest  records  are  v?r;  ,ni,oh 

cl-ng  the  Briquetting  Unit,  am  pushing  it  right  along.  You 
with  the  reducing  quality  of  the  brick  and  also  the 

ness  of  manufacture,  and  small  investment  required 
:  Hematite  was  not  extra  easy.  The  Crushing  Plant 

:  ora  through  at  the  rate  of  540  tons  per  hour, 

0.:  course  limestone  is  easy  to  crush, but 
iv-ors  will  handle  that,  amount. 

A.  B.  Sellman,  Eb<j.  , 
Cincinnati,  o„ 
Dear  Sir; 

Xn  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  15th  inet.,  I  beg  to  state 
ttat  I  do  not  manufacture  nor  know  anything  about  the  machine  you 
mention.  yours  truly, 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  advise  you  that  the  mortgage  on  the  Silver  hake 
property  for  $11,175.00  falls  due  on  Sept.  3oth  and  is  held  by  Mr. 
H..  C..  Halleribeok,  Mountclair,  N,  J.  Do  you  wish  me  to  find  out  if 

Mr.  Halleribeok  will  let  the  mortgage  run. 

Yours  truly. 

Aug.  21,  1902. 

Ain,  Esq., 

anville  House,  Arundel  St., 

London,  W.  c.,  England. 


x'our  favor  of  the  28th  ult.  came  duly  to  hand  and  in  reply 
Str“”  that  1  ^  very  glad  to  hear  that  you  had  such  a  pleas- 
‘3*“  Everything  around  the  place  is  running  about  the  same  as 
■  =,5  ;C‘  t-siU  keeps  up  in  first  class 

i«h  for  the  check  for  $1.50  and  promis- 

Yours  truly 

c/o  Mr.  "R.  A.  Darling,*>  i 

Reat  Sir : — 

I  have  made  an  estimate  on  the  cost,  of  material  and 
labor  connected  with  Switches  for  Signal  System  at  the  Stewar 
v±lle  Plant,  baaed  on  the  sample  Switch  X  sent  you.  I  have  fame 
that  X  can  make  these  at  93  cents  per  Switch,  net,  i.  e.  not  in¬ 
cluding  general  expense.  -If  this  is  all  right,  please  have  the 
sample  Switch  sent  to  me  so  that  X  can  copy  sam^. 

Yours  truly, 

-<£.  :i  • 

Aug..  25th.  ,  02. 

R.  A.  Darling , 

X  am  sending  this  to  you  to  hend  to  Hi;.  Kdison, 

that  the  matter 

he  decided 

Aug.  ee,  1902. 

was nr 8.  Maher  &  Floefchart,  ' 

96  Polk  Rt., 

Mewark,  H.  j. 

hear  Sin?; 

We  heg  to  return  you  herewith  your  hill  of  August  20th  for 
■T2.X8  which  should  he  charged  to  us  instead  of  the  Edison  Ore 
Mim  ing  Syndicate.  Kindly  return  same  properly  charged  as  soon  as 
possible,  and  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

Edison  laboratory 

C 2? 

I  <..s  t.  ««.  that  i  do  „.t  tlllm  ^  of  ^  rinas 

described  in  poor  iett.r  of  Aopust  uth  and  do  no,  thin*  it  «,u, 

to  apply  for  thm.  I  .nolo..  y„„  herewith  .  „OJy  „r  a  ^ 

you  do  not  appear  to  have  received. 

Yours  truly, 

b/27/o  a/,'.' r>: 

et,  Kew  York. 

r  favor  of  August  20th,  together 
rtsville  yesterday,  anti  he  reque. 
tion  as  to  exactly  what  the  numb 
o  will  not  sign  any  more  papers 

net  A  cat  a 


John  V.  Miller,  Eeq. , 
Sudbury.  Ont., 

I. ear  f-ir: 

Sept.  2,  1902. 

;  thirJ:  the  onl?r  attraction?  that  amount  to  anything  37 
and  3b,  the  latter  is  pretty  good.  -37  la  a  very  small  chute  hut 
possibly  rich.  I  like  the  looks  of  36.  Use  your  Judgement  about 
applying  for  the  attractions. 

YOure  trdly1 

Thbroas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

■c^>  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.., 

Stewart evil le,  jr,  j. 

Dear  Sirs 

Ilieg  to  enolhs®  you  herewith  the  following  letters,  as  I 
understand  from  Hr.  Mallorjr  tjiat  you  will  probably  not  he  home  Sunday. 
Yours  truly, 

letter  Y row  W.  SjLmpkiji,  Aug.  Si,  .1902  with  two  blue  prints 
"  "  W.  Simpkin,  Aug.  *gS,  1908  with  tracing 

"  "  W.  Slnrpkin,  Aug.  23,  1902 

Photograph  of  Dynamo  and  Engine  from  W.  Simpkin 
tetter  from  R.  Rafn,  Aug.  18.,  1902. 

Alexander  Elliott  Jr. ,  Esq. , 

Belmont  House, 

lit.  Pocono,  Pa. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith.,  the  old  note  for  §1,000  and 
as  I  know  What  kind  of  a  man  Mr.  Gilmore  is  I  did  not  have  the 
nerve  to  go  to  him  and  tell  him  that  you  Was  unable  to  pay  the 
interest,  so  with  Mr.  Hallorfr's  permission  I  gave  him  a  check  for 
§20.00  from  the  Hew  Jersey  &  Pa.  Concentrating  Works  and  charged  the 
same  against  your  aooount.  . 

Yo;urs  truly, 

S'.  J&ckeon,  Esq., 

%  Con.  Telephone  Construction  &  Mfg.  Cp,,  ltd., 

38  Victoria  Street,  Westminister, 

'  London,  S.  W. ,  England. 

Dear  Sir:  — 

,  Seplying  to  yours  of  the  1st.  inst.  to  Mr.  Dick, 
has  been  forwarded  to  Mr.  Edison,  we  beg  to  state  that  Mr. 
will  sell  all  his  right,  title  and  Interest  in  the  shares 
Edison-Gower-Bell  Telephone  Company  of  Europe,  for  $10,000, 
the  purchaser  undertaking  to  obtain  delivery  of  the  shares 
Gourard  and  others. 

of  the 
>  cash, 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr,  P.  Clarence  Miller, 

437  Chestnut  St., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

My  dear  Miller:-- 

Your  letter  asking  that  I  contribute  some  of  ipy  Common 
stock  so  the  $500,000.  preferred  stock  now  in  the  Treasury  may  he 
sold,  has  been  waiting  my  return  from  Stewart sville,  where  I  hare 
been  all  the  time  for  the  past  month. 

1  have  carefully  noted  all  you  say  and  while,  as  you 
know,  I  have  already  given  back  to  the  Company  a  considerable  amount 
of  Common  Stock,  I  am  willing  to  join  in  any  equitable  arrangement 
that  help  cur  enterprise,  but  do  not  think  I  should  be  asked 
to  do  it  all. 

1  understand  that  you  and  your  Company  have  a  large 
number  of  shares  of  Common  stock,  which  practically  represent 
your  bonus,  and  before  I  reply  in  more  detail  to  your  suggestion, 

I  would  like  to  know  what  you  are  willing  to  do  out  of  your  shares 
to  help  raise  the  necessary  common  stock. 

My  own  judgment  is  that  as  soon  as  we  make  cement,  the 
preferred  stock  can  be  sold  with  a  very  much  less  bonus  than  you 

9/23/02 /taA 

Telegraph.  Operator, 

Bawl  Ins , 

■Wyoming  Territory. 

Dear  Sir:  — 

Will  you  please  send  me  a  cigar  box  full  of  material  from 
the  paint  mine  near  the  station.  I  want  to  use  the  material  for  a 
experiment.  Please  send  by  express,  charges  collect,  and  address 
it  to  me,  care  of  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Silver  lahe^K.J. 

Thanking  you  very  much  for  your  trouble,  I  am, 

I  Yours  very  truly,  I’H 

On  November  let  I  desire  to  use  my  house  in  which  you  live 
and  would  aBk  that  you  vaoate  same  by  that  time  and  sooner  if  possible, 
and  oblige. 

Tours  truly, 

10/7/02 ,/vm/i. 


h  (/  C 

.  wrote  Mr.  H,  S'.  Jackson,  offering  him 

■  of  Europe,  for  .110,000., 

i  delivery  of  the  shares  ] 

V/e  understand  that  they  desire  the  shares  merely  to  keep 
irard  from  making  trouble.  In  thin  case  you  probably  will  be 
make  an  arrangement  with  them  to  transfer  the  contract. 

Y.’ill  you  kindly  take  the  matter  up  with  Mr.  Jackson  while 
in  London  and  advice  us  what  can  be  done.  "We  would  like 
;h»  if  possible,  to  make  sale  of  the  shares. 

H.E.McK.Esq,. , 

c/o  Hotel  Cecil,  , 

London , Engl and • 




L  O  N  D  O  N,  24th  September  190# 

V.'.  Mallory,  Esq. , 

o/o  T. A. Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir, 

I  hare  to  thank  you  for  your  letter  of  the  9th  Anst.  with 
reference  to  Kr.  Edison's  shares  in  the  Edison  Gower  Hell  Telephone 
Company  of  Europe.  I  will  write  you  further  with  reference  to  the 
price  which  you  say  that  Kr.  Edison  would  be  willing  to  accept, hut 
X  am  afraid  it  would  not  he  possible  for  us  to  purchase  upon  tho 
condition  of  our  obtaining  delivery,  as  we  do  not  know  what  the 
rights  are  as  between  Kr .  Edison  and  the  present  holders  of  the 
shares.  TOiat  we  should  require  would  he  the  properly  executed 
transfers,  and  I  would  suggest  that  in  the  first  instance  the  trans¬ 
fers  should  he  made  from  the  present  holders  to  Kr.  Edison,  end  then 
he  could  re-transfer  them  to  us.  Will  you  kindly  write  me  further 
as  to  what  you  can  do  in  this  matter. 

Yours  faithfully, 

H.E.  Jackson. 

K.  C.  Dfoel,  ®sq., 

Edison  Bldg . ,  44  Broad  St., 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inst. ,  I  heg  to  etaue 
that  I  do  not  know  anything  about  the  American  Nickel  Company. 

t£rs.  Axel  Johnson, 

West  Orange,  H.  J. 

I  beg  to  advise  you  that  Krs.  Edison  has  just  called  me 
up  on  the  telephon'd  and  wished  me  to  notify  you  that  you  need  not 
move  from  the  house  until  you  hear  from  her  again. 

ours  truly, 

V  f  <r  . 

Hoy.  6,  1903, 

rs/c  Liberty -Bell  as  Co., 

Ar,  you  gave  no  address  i 

tiled  the  same  to  you 

as  I  have  this  day  gi'-i'in  /c 

,  15.  Montague,  Esq.., 

,  your  favor  of  the  5th  inst.,  I  "beg  to  state 

•;,;jvut  toe.  Edison  is  away  am 

:  are  unable  to  tell  just 

Vv,?  -,£.  return.  If  you  will  address  a  letter  to  him  care  of 

fcvfg  z-ctivs  in  regard  to  the  subject  which  you  wish  to  see  him  about 
».e  R-.ij  1  »sa  that,  the  letter  roaches  him. 

•  Tours  truly, 

11/12/02/lVS MA 


The  Morris  County  Machine...*  Iron  Co., 

Dear  Sires  — 

V,'ill  you  kindly  quote  us  .on  -two  eets  of'  -36"  rolls , 
duplicates  of  those  made  for  the  Edison;. Portland  Cement  Company, 
alpo  state,  how  soon  you  could  deliver  after  receipt  of  order. 

Please  note  that  we  have  decided  to  take  up  ourselves 
the  matter  of  selling  this  machinery  direct  to  the  consumers'  arid 
if  you  have  any  inquiries  for  any  of  our  devices,  we  will  he  obliged 
if  you  will  forward  the  inquiries  to  us. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Kdiaon  Ore  Hilling  Syndicate,  ltd./ 
Fitzalan  House,  Arundel  st., 

Strand,  London,  \7.  0.,  England. 

'■  Oirai 


In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  3rd  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
tMtli  1  that  horeafter  »«*«*•*  opinions  are  ,  asked  of  counsel 

“  *°  :-°88me  o"  ^  particular  patents  that  you 

first  get  an  opinion  with  data  from  myself.  This  will  save  consid¬ 
erable  expense  as  I  am  quite  familiar  with  the  art. 

The  Wetherill  patents  cover  nothing  broad  in  view  of  prev¬ 
ious  American  patents. 

Yours  truly, 

evO  nouiLE 

rr  : 

:a*t-to  iBiCi 

•  meet 
jgps  I  .hull 
iBBO^fOl  as., 
i^ieg  |atll 

r  .... 

slieraA  bjjoI 

Dear  Mrd.  Foyer: 

I  beg-  to  -advise  you  that  I  am  sending  you  this  day  by 
express  a  large  photograph  of  Mr.  Edison  with  his  autograph  on  sane 
for  the  port  Huron*  Theatre .  The'  express  -on  this  package  Is  prepaid 

and  you  should  nflt  have  to  pay  anything  on  it, 
Yours  truly, 

Mygiehio  Blailket  Co., 

Hubbardstovm ,  Mass. 

Dear  Sirs: 

J  am  in  receipt  of  yonr  favor  of  the  17th,  and  in  reply 
would  say  that  I  know  nothine  about  the  invention  referred  to  in 
the  circular  which  you  enclose. 

Yours  veiy  truly  , 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  the  following  certificate* 

of  stock: 

10  share 

.fto.  163  in  the  name 

of  Vr.  8.  Pilling 


164  "  "  " 

W.  H.  Snolmerdine 

5  " 

165  B  *  •> 

E.  C.  Hiller 

5  " 

166  "  "  '* 

T.  1.  Crane 

5  '» 

16'? . . 

VT.  S.  Mallory 

5  » 

168  "  "  " 

L.  S.  Bent 

5  « 

165  '•  " 

Harlan  Page 

5  " 



In. place  of  the  above  will  you  kindly  eend  me  two  certif- 
one  drawn  to  my  order  for  25  share e  and  the  other  one  for 
b,  and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  truly 



DarO.7,  19-02. 

I  -beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  oiiedk  for  $20,160.,  the 
same  being  in  payment  of  your  note  for  $20,000  with  interest  at  6^. 
Kindly  deliver  to  hearer  the  note,  agreement  and  the  25  bonds  which 
was  put  up  as  collateral  security,  and  greatly  oblige, 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  draft  on  London  for  -  252. 


Will  you  kindly  place  same  to  my  credit  and  advise/of  the  total 
amount  and  how  much  you  allow  per  pound,  and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  truly. 


Letterbook,  LB-069 

This  letterbook  covers  the  period  January-October  1903.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison  and  John  F.  Randolph.  There  are  also  letters  by 
Walter  S.  Mallory  and  others.  Many  of  the  items  relate  to  the  construction  and 
financing  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  plant  at  Stewartsville,  New 
Jersey.  Included  are  references  to  the  fire  at  the  plant  in  March  1 903  that  killed 
eight  workers.  There  is  also  correspondence  concerning  the  technical  and 
commercial  development  of  Edison’s  alkaline  storage  battery  and  its  use  in 
electric  vehicles,  including  a  series  of  letters  to  Herman  E.  Dick  regarding  its 
possible  foreign  exploitation.  In  addition,  there  are  letters  pertaining  to  the 
Mining  Exploration  Co.  of  New  Jersey;  Edison's  search  for  nickel  in  the 
Sudbury  district  of  Ontario  and  in  other  locations;  and  to  the  organization  of  the 
New  Jersey  Patent  Co.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  the  erection  of  the 
iron  ore  concentration  plant  in  the  Dunderland  region  of  Norway,  in  connection 
with  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd.,  along  with  other  items  pertaining 
to  Edison's  interest  in  ore  milling,  mines,  and  ores.  There  are  a  few  letters 
dealing  with  the  domestic  phonograph  business,  as  well  as  a  letter  describing 
the  deleterious  effects  of  x-rays  on  Edison's  laboratory  assistant,  Clarence 
Dally.  Among  the  items  relating  to  family  and  personal  matters  are  several 
letters  concerning  the  sale  of  the  house  at  Menlo  Park  owned  by  Edison’s 
oldest  daughter,  Marion  Edison  Oeser;  a  letter  from  Edison  to  the  town  council 
of  West  Orange  protesting  the  granting  of  a  liquor  license;  and  a  list  by  Edison 
of  his  five  "most  important  inventions." 

The  label  on  the  front  cover  contains  the  following  notation:  "T.A.  Edison 
-  Letter  Book,  -from-  January  8  -1 903-  to  -October  22- 1 903."  There  is  a  label 
on  the  spine  with  similar  information.  The  book  contains  498  numbered  pages 
and  an  index.  Approximately  25  percent  of  the  book  has  been  selected 


Jan.  8,  1903. 

My  Bear  Dr.  Alexander: - 

Please  accept  ray  thanks  for  the  courtesy  you  have  extended 
me;  1  trust  you  will  accept  with  my  compliments  the'  enclosed  cer¬ 
tificate  for  twenty  five  shares  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cemerr  Co.'s 

Yours  truly, 

V.  3'.  Cowing,  Son, , 

Edison  Laboratory, 

•fes't  Orange,  M.  J. 

Loju*  Sirs 

A;3  X  « : 3 1 Ac t  to  be  av/ny  bo  muoh  during  the  next  fev.r  months 
.[  regreu  that  I  win  compelled  to  dispense  with  your  services  after 
January  17,  1903, 

Yours  truly, 

12,  1903. 

Alex.  Churchward,  Esq., 

c/o  General  Electric  Co., 

44  3road  St.,  IT.  Y. 

Lear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  9t.h  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  expect  to  he  here  at  ny  Laboratory  all  week  and  and  will  be 
glad  to  aee  you.  Yours  truly, 

,J'iS  ii  all  ready  with 

"ir-uni  J. 

1 A  3/03  AwA 


•  Road , 

West  Orange 

of  the  scarcity  of  coal,  Mr.  Rdieon  has  giT. 
ut  off  all  electric  light  current.' furnished  ' 
o  kindly  make  other  arrangements  for  your  su 

Yours  truly, 


Jan.  26,  1903. 

Horria  County  Machine  &  Iron  Co., 

Dover,  IT.  J. 


Tl.e  two  castings  of  the  four  compartment  mould  have  been 
received  and  tried.  The  second  one  is  of  course  very  much  better 
than  the  other.  Its  use  has  suggested  a  change  in  the  form  of  the 
core  and  we  ship  you  today  a  new  pattern  and  core  box,  from  which  you 
may  make  another  caeting.  We  trust  you  will  make  every  possible 
effort  to  produce  a  smooth  uore. 

Please  return  pattern  and  core  box  with  casting,  all  by 
freight,  and  oblige, 

Very  truly  yours 

Edison  laboratory. 


7/orth  fit.,  Mew  York. 

/oj.r  ler.ter  of  the  Rlst ,  enclosing  co.immioatl.on 

seerfls  to  me  that  the  proposed  form  of  agreement ,  a  copy  of 
Hide r stand  from  Mr,  Gilmore  has  already  been  moiled  to  you 
•ded  to  Mr.  Gtollwerck,  covers  everything  Which  we  agreed  upon 
.me  of  your  last  visit  here.  1  think,  therefore,  it  would  he 
''"aiT  •'rr*  "toUwerck's  reply  to  same,  when  X  .should  he  glad  to 
ppointwr.t  for  you  to  come  out  here  to  see  me  and  discuss 
ct  further. 

Yours  very  truly, 

‘  ..  CL  Stiuwf  _  , 

Jan.  28,  1903. 

E.  Kramer,  Eaq. , 

P.  0.  Box  311, 

Metuchen,  JT.  J. 

%  Dear  Kramer: 

Your  favor  of  the  26th  inat.  in  regard  to  house  at  Menlo 
Park  came  duly  to  hand  and  in  reply  I  heg  to  state  that  we  have 
nothing  to  do  with  the  house.  I  would  advise  you  to  write  to  Mr. 
Edison's  daughter  in  regard  to  same.  Her  address  if  Mrs.  Marion 
E.  Oeser,  Hagenan,  Elsass,  Germany.  If  you  wish  you  can  write  to 
her  in  German  as  she  thoroughly  understands  the  language . 


Trusting  you  are  having  success  with  your  "business,  I 
Yours  truly, 



y«'b.  3,  1903. 

national  Phonograph  Co. , 

Oranee,  IT.  J. 

Bear  Sira: 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  2nd,  orifcodyiiyj  new  propo  sit  ion 
to  take  the  place  of  the  acreojcant  heretofore  Bade  with  your  cojap&ny 
under  date  of  Juno  13th,  1896.  The  now  proposition  ie  quite  acceptable 
to  ne  and  i«  hereby  accepted,  to  take  place  aa  of  Karch  let,  1903. 

Yours  very  truly, 


other  part  lea  for  this  same  district,  if  i  PO  desire.  I  win 
agree,  however,  in  case  I  should  make  an  arrangement  with  other 
parties  for  this  district,  that  they  are  to  pay  the  same  royalty  per 
cubic  yars  as  hereinafter  mentioned. 

3rd.  A  further. consideration  for  the  use  of  the  machinery, 
and  my  services  in  designing  the  plant ,  and  the  right  to  call  on 
me  for  advice  anytime  during  ten  years  from  date  of  contract ,  is 
that  a  royalty  of  two  cents  per  cubic  yard  is  to  be  paid  me  on  all 
material  crushed  and  shipped.  Such  royalty  to  be  paid  quarterly. 

4th.  It  is  to  be  further  agreed  that  if  the  capital  stock 
is  increased  at  any  time  to  provide  for  extensions  or  any  other 
purpose,  I  am  to  have  the  same  proportion  of  any  additional  Common 
stock,  that  may  be  issued  as  that  I  am  tp  get  under  this  agreement. 

Sth.  I  agree  to  give  you  an  option  for  six  months  from 
this  date  on  this  proposition  to  enable  you  to  promote  the  Company, 
as  aforesaid.  In  event  Company  is  formed,  a  regular  contract  to  be 
drawn,  putting  the  preceding  in  legal  form. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Feb.  18,  1903. 


•Capt.  P.  h.  Pollen, 

New  York  City, 

New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Prom  what  I  learn  from  your  conversation  with  our  Mr. 
Mallory,  I  infer  that  there  is  a  misunderstanding  on  the  part  of 
some  of  the  Directors  of  the  Dunderland  Co.  about  Briquetting.  If 
they  will  look  up  the  original-  estimate  of  the  cost  of  production 
they  will  find  that  there  was  an  allowance  made  for  Briquetting  by 
the  old  method  used  at  the  Iron  mine  in  New  Jersey  of  about  sixty 
cents  per  ton.  The  present  experiments  are  made  to  improve  the  bri¬ 
quetting  process  by  not  only  diminishing  the  investment  but  to  cheapen 
the  product. 

The  new  process  so  far  gives  a  very  much  better  product 
and  is  certain  to  be  very  much  cheaper,  making  a  very  great  annual 
saving  to  the  company  over  the  cost  as  originally  estimated  by  the 
other  method.  It  would  be  foolish  not  to  take  advantage  of  experi¬ 
ence  and  bring  everything  up  to  date.  We  have  worked  the  new  prooeBB 
and  in  my  opinion  it  will  be  all  right  in  every  respect,  but  we 
must  perfect  it  by  finding  out  by  actual  experiments  on  full  sized 
furnaces  what  is  necessary  to  get  a  perfect  unit.  It  will  be  neces¬ 
sary  to  build  another  furnace  to  remedy  the  effects  of  heat  expan¬ 
sion  of  the  long  length  of  the  brick  work  on  furnace  already  built. 


#2  F.  H.  P. 

'Phis  expansion  is  the  only  thine;  that  I  oan  Bee  that  standp'in  the 
way  of  producing  the  final  working  drawings  for  all  the j^urnaoes 
at  Mo.  As  for  the  phosphorous  added  to  the  hriquett^r by  the  use  of 
Clay  and  Feldspar,  our  tests  here  of  the  phosihoroyB  content  in  the 
clays  around  Mo  and  the  Feldspar  also  from  vicSntay  of  Mo  will  add 
.0014  of  phosphorous  to  the  ore.  If  for  instance  the  ore  contained 
.024  of  phosphorous  before  briquetting,  the  briquettes  would 'contain 
.0254.  If  there  are  lower  phosphorous  clays  (.060)  to  be  found  around 
Mo,  then  even  this  will  be  lowered.  While  it  is  difficult  to  say 
what  our  experiments  on  building  and  changing  furnaces,  until  we 
gat  one  satisfactory,  will  cost  I  think  the  company  should  allow 
about  $15,000  more  which  sum  as  far  as  I  oan  see  should  be  ample. 

Yours  very  truly,  ~y 

. .  March  9,  1903. 

Alex.  Churchward,  Esq. , 

c/o  General  Electric  Co., 

44  Broad  St. ,  JsT.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  27th  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  think  you  better  go  ahead  and  arrange  to  substitute  ,your 
motor  for  the  Westinghouse  in  Biok's  carriage.  I  have  told  Hershmann 
to  follow  your  advice  and  stick  to  one  motor  and  plain  diffrential. 
There  is  very  little  strain  on  the  jack  shaft  so  the  plain  old  fash¬ 
ioned  diffrential  could  be  used.  I  saw  a  very  small  simple  affair 
on  a  gasolene  engine  of  an  auto.  Please  help  Hersohmann  all  you 
can  to  get  the  wagon  simple  and  convenient  to  get  at  all  parts. 

In  regard  D,  E.  &  TV. ,  will  go  into  this  with  you  on  my 


Yours  truly, 

Arthur  Herschmann,  Esq., 

Adaras  Express  Co., 

61  Broadway,  IT.  Y. 

Dear  Sirs 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  24th  ult.,  I  Beg  to  state 
that  I  think  you  Better  follow  Churchwards  advice  and  use  single 
motor.  He  tells  me  there  is  som^ivery  good  compensating  gears  in 
the  market.  Book  them  all  up  and  adopt  the  heat  one.  What  is  the 
matter  with  the  one  on  the  Mors  maohine,  that  works  all  right.  Th 
is  very  little  strain  on  it  as  we  have  it,  in  fact  nothing  to  Be 

Yours  truly, 

Mar oh  10,  1903. 

0.  B.  mi„u  *n0l°"  yOU  1,srewtli  *>«"  1  *«. 

«*,  ft  „o  ”  2s"1  y™  .t  Menl0  PirJc.  ao 

w.  -  th*  — * 1  «-  *•  «* « ^  „ 

you  ,rlU“  "‘.tins  that  a.™  tt»  ago 

you  wished  to  sell  the  house  'fcfit  at  present  m*  *  ^ 

you  wished  to  dispose  it  or  not  71 

and  told  '  1  haTe  Siven  him  your  address 

and  told  him  to  write  to  you  direct. 

Yours  truly, 

r°  Mrs.  Marion  E.  Oeser 



Mantoo ,  pare  Cotmt.y, 

North  Carolina, 

Your  Xft^r.BT  to  Mr.  Mallory  asking  for  information  in 
t/O  a  dynamo  to  be  rtta  by  a  1  H.  P.  gasolene  engine  has 
w**  referred  to  me  •  " 

A  1  H.  p.  engine  will  run  l/Z  to  3/4  H.P.  dynamo  depending 
^  4h%  ^fficienoy  of  the  dynamo  which  will  run  from  7  to  10—16 

j^ower  lamps .  As  you  probably  could  not  get  a  machine  of  3/4 
j.  yan  would  haV*  to  choose  between  a  l/2  and  a  1  H.P,.  raachiba . 
oostr  of  a  dynan°  would  he  from  $35,00  to  $60.00  depending 
>hl-j0h  8l55ft  you  choose  and  upon  the  speed  of  the  dynamo,  the 
}^gf»er  tfOieed  mabhitf®8  being  lighter  and  cheaper. 

Por  a  i8uwh  8  C.P.  lamps  would  probably  be  more  satls- 
tV****y  thSn  16  You  coulrt  run  twice  as  many  6  C.P.  as  you 

*ou**  **  C*T‘ 

The  "that  an  ignition  dynamo  would  give  aB  a  motor, 

tyO  ™ch  t0o  flmall  to  start  a  gas  engine  even  if  the  current 
w  vr******1'  to  run  it. 

Very  truly  yours. 

’haa  dust  returned  from  a  hurried  trip  to  Florida. 

3.  Elliot'; ,  Esq., 
Riverside,  Conn. 

I  beg  to  advise  you  that  the  letter  which  you  sent  me 
some  time  ago  in  regard  to  ray  daughters  house  at  Menlo  Park,  N.  J. 
was  immediately  forwarded  to  her.  and  today  I  received  the  following 

cable  in  reply.  "Accept  Elliott's  offer  Menlo  house.  Signed. Mar ion" 
the  ^°use  at  the  prioe  mentioned  in  your 
letter($l,000.)  vhich  you  mailed  to  me.  ■ 

Yours  truly, 

ed  April  6th,  1903,  due  August  6th, 

A.  TSdieon.  I' will  be  able  to  sen 

plans  definitely,  will  you  kindly 
Directors  will  make  further  advances 
that  there  a  limit  to  the  amount  I 

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QM<J'-  /l-i-s  <*1*.  Hksu  Jia/tluak  'h-i/iAjHs.,  gyijvrt/^/, 

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rto<w  -&o*k,  & 

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*  ■GC*i  ftnoR  ^rn/ 

•0urs  0f  the  8th  to  the  Portland  Cement 

I',  about  note  due  on  -April  22nd.  has  been  referred  to  me. 

It  will  be  a  great  convenience  to  me  if  you  would  permit 
°  gradually  reduce  their  notes  for  the  reason  that  at  present 
lie  man  who  Is  putting  up  practically  all  the  money  to  rebuild 
*1  1)1,015  •  wh'-®h  l5U™eA  on  March  2nd.  V/e  will  be  unable  to 
s  until  the  coal  plant  Is  rebuilt. 

Philip  Seubel,  Esq., 
c/o  S.  Bergmann, 

Berlin,  Germany. 

In  answer  to  yours  of  March  28th  in  regard  to  Prof.  Poerster. 
lirst.  It  is  Best  to  use  pure  potash  as  free  of  acid  radicals  as  • 
possible ,  not  that  considerable  amounts  of  the  radicals  prevent  the 
battery  from  giving  its  output  but  upon  the  theoretical  assumption 
that  in  time  these  radicals  might  oause  a  slow  action  upon  the 
metallic  parts.  We  know  that  if  there  is  a  very  large  quantity  of  rad¬ 
icals  present  that  there  is  a  slight  action  but  this  is  only  observed 
when  the  radicals  bear  a  certain  relation  to  the  Potash.  Cyanides, 
however,  diminish  the  output  of  the  Nickel,  and  sulphur  effects  the  out¬ 
put  of  the  iron. 

Second.  The  iron  electrode  is  composed  of  pure  Perric  Oxide 
reduced  to  raetallio  iron  and  mixed  with  fifteen  per  cent  of  Oxide  of 
Mercury  and  twenty  per  cent  of  Graphite.  The  object  of  the  Mercury  is 
to  insure  better  contact  between  the  iron  particles. 

jfayth  and  Pifth.  Dick  has  a  supply  of  small  test  cells  from  which 

The  professor  can  use  the  potash  by  alcohol  process  after 
he  has  purified  it  from  Carbonates  with  Barium  hydrate. 

Yours  truly, 


April  14,  1903. 


S.  H.  Pollen,  Esq. ,  Sec., 

Dunderland  Iron  Ore  Co., 

London,  Eng. 

Bear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  .your  favor  of  March  2flth  I  beg  to  state  that 
I  find  that  the  Chemist  here  is  not  oompetent  to  maice  a  proper 
phosphorous  determination  and  that  he  has  mislead  Ballentine,  whit 
is  the  reason  of  high  phosphorous  in  Briquettes.  You  need  have  n« 
apprehension  about  the  phosphorous  in  the  clays  of  Dunderland.  I 
find  that  a  few  cents  worth  of  acid  in  the  wash  water^must  be  usee 
and  removes  praotically  all  the  phosphorous. 

Yours  truly, 


In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  inst. ,  I  heg  to  Btate 
that  Mr.  Edison  says  you  hatter  take  options  on  the  extensions  of 
the  Blizzard  at  the  price  you  mention. 

^  Yours  truly, 


J.  M.  Segur,  Esq., 

501  Washington  Aroade, 
Detroit,  Miah. 

Apr.  14,  1903, 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  inst.,  I  heg  to  state 
that  I  am  not  interested  in  Mica  Mines  hut  would  advise  you  to 
write  the  General  Electr ip  Co.  who  are  large  users  of  Mica. 

Yours  truly, 


15,  1903. 

Hr.  P.  W.  r:. nos,  President, 

Magnetic  Club, 

853  Broadway,  New  York. 

Pea.-'  Si r- 

un  ray  return  from  the  South  I  find  your  letter  of  April  1st, 
sxyendiiig  an  lflvltp  Vion  to  a  complimentary  dinner  to  he  given  our  old 
friund  <~'i.  0?ovry-oa  Saturday  evening  April  18th  at  the  Hotel 
■hr '  oin.'> . 

Just  at  this  tl*w>  it  1b  very  inconvenient  for  me  to  get  away,  as 
at;  y.reasilt  t  f3,i  SO  tied  Up  at  Stewart  svilie  that  I  can  give  nothing 
else  ay  nl'Lori.  I  shall  do  my  best,  however,  to  be  with  you  Sat¬ 
urday  night,  but  it  is  going  to  be  very  doubtful.  Say  to  the  boys  for 
me,  however,  that  although  1  may  not  be  with  them  in  body,  I  am  with 
their.  neartlly  in  spirit  and  1  wish  them  art  enjoyable  evening. 

Please  oonvdy  to  your  honored  guest  my  very  best  regards,  and 
believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly, 

?.  S.  This  letter  is  written  from  a  telephonic  message  from  Mr.. 
Pdison  from  Stewart  svilie . 

:a*ii:3  ’iae(I 


April  20,  1903. 

Mr.  T.  Jo  Parker, 

Secretary  General  Committee, 

Society  of  Chemioal  Industry, 

28  Broad  St,,  New  York. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  duly  received  your  letter  of  March  10th,  hut  I  have  "been 
away  South  and  neoessarily  my  mail  hao  been  neglected,  and  since  my 
return  1  have  "been  so  extremely  busy  that  your  communication  has  only 
just  been  brought  to  my  attention. 

I  accept  the  position  on  the  General  Committee  tendered  me,  but 
I  am  very  much  afraid  that  I  shall  be  unable  to  serve  personally,  in¬ 
asmuch  as  the  various  interests  with  which  I  am  connected  will  employ 
all  of  my  time,  and  I  am  away  in  different  parts  of  the  State  continu¬ 

I  enclose  herewith  my  check  for  §50.00,  beinc  my  contribution  to 

help  defray  expenses. 

Apr.  22,  1903. 

!.  Re iff,  Esq,. , 
20  Rrottd  St., 
Hew  York. 


to  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  Inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
b  the  explosion  at  the  mill  keeps  me  very  busy  hut  I  will  see 
any  Monday  at  the  Laboratory  which  is  the  only  day  that  I  am 
e  and  any  other  day  at  the  cement  works  you  wish  to  come  up. 
Yours  truly. 

Standard  Construction  Corporation,  Ltd., 

Apr.  22, 


London,  England. 
Dear  Sirs: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  2nd  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  £700  mentioned  in  your  favor  of  the  22nd  of  December  cami 

safely  to  hand.  I  can  not  see  why  you  did  not  receive  the  acknowl¬ 
edgement  of  this  draft  as  it  was  sent  you  a  long  time  ago. 

Yours  truly, 


l  beg  to  enclose  you  herev/lu..  duplicate  agreement.-,  h 
tween  V.  H.  Shelmerdine  and  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison.  Will  you 
kindly  have  same  executed  on  page  2  "by  W.  H.  Shelmerdine,  \7.  S 

.Pilling  and  T.  I.  Crane  and  return  one  to  me  and  X  will  obtain 
,  ,  „  ,  for  Mr.,  Shelmerdine 

check  from  Mr.  Edison  and  forward  it  to  you/at  the  earliest  po 

ble  moment . 

ajear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  inst.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  Hr.  "Edison,  told  Hr.  Hall o ry  that  he  wanted  Condon  to  take 
charge  of  the  trenching,  etc.  "but  as  the  oement  company  are  very 
"busy  at  present  they  can  not  let  him  go. 

Regarding  the  diamond  drill. Hr.  Edison  wrote  Mr.  Gayley 
and  told  him  that  he  was  not  quite  ready  for  the  drill  and  ae  soon 
as  he  was  he  would  notify  him  to  ship  it. 

In  regard  to  the  "book  which  you  wished  us  to  order,  I  beg 
to  state  that  on  the  receipt  of  your  letter  the  book  was  immediately 
ordered  from  3.  Van  No  strand  &  Co.  who  wrote  and  stated  that  they 
would  have  to  import  same  and  it  would  be  atleast  3  or  4  weeks 
before  they  would  be  able  to  obtain  it.  I  enclose  their  letter  to 
verify  my  statement  which  kindly  return.  I  also  enclose  you  here¬ 
with  cheok  for  §2,000  as  per  your  letter  to  Mr.  Mallory  dated  April 

23,  1903. 

Your 3  truly, 


I  beg  to  advise  you  that  X  have  you  shipped  you  this  day' 
via  United  Sates  ScpresB  one  roll  of  "blue  prints  received  from  Mr. 
Simple  in.  These  are  the  blue  prints  mentioned  in  Simpkins  letter 
which  X  remailed  to  you  to  day  and  for  which  find  enclosed  bill  of 
lading.  Yours  truly, 

May  2,  1903. 

Bobt.  74.  Tfeyant,  Bsq. , 

Stony  Point,  7-1.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  20th  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  would  like  very  mud:  to  have  you  make  me  an  offer  on  the 
property  mentioned.  Yours  truly, 

4,  1903. 


Mutual  Life  Insurance  Go.  of  Hew  York, 

Broadway  &  Cedar  Steet, 

Hew  York. 

Bear  Sirs* 

I  desire  to  pay  off  the  mortgage  held  hy  your  company 
my  IaV.  ratory  situated  in  West  Orange,  IT.  .T.  amounting  to 
Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  how  much  the  Interest  will  amount  t 
to  Friday  night  May  8,  1903  so  I  can  get  a  certified  check  for 
principal  and  inter.; -  i  and  if  you  will  have  the  discharge  paper 

in  to  take  it 

Bear  Sirs: 

I  "beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  2nd 
inst.  enclosing  agreement  "between  "W.  H.  Shelmerdine  and  Thomas  A. 
Edison  dated  Hay  1,  1903  and  enclose  you  herewith  Mr.  Edison's  check 
for  $9691.55  in  payment  for  same.  Kindly  have  Mr.  Shelm»rdine  ac¬ 
knowledge  receipt,  and  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

~j,  Edison.  Esq.,  / 

■."rin-eo,  Roanoke  Inland,  „< 

Horth  Carolina. 

su*  Sir: 

As  per  instructions  from  your  father  1  "beg  to  return  you 
Yop-3  truly, 

rewith  a  number?  of  "bills. 

i :  ndon,  England. 

,/b  I 

I  beg  to  advise  yon  tkr,-'  '  r,  Edison  received  a  draft  from 
'♦  P,  Morgan  &  Co.  for  $26,000,  the  ixuae  being  on  account  from  Kr. 
.  F.„  Harjes  of  Paris. 

Yo.ure  truly, 

John  H.  Mood,  Py_.,  s 

39  Cortlandt  St., 
New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

1  Deg  to  enclose  you  herewith,  a  ©heck  for  28  cent  a.  Can 
you  tell  me  What  this  1*  for  as  I  do  not  ^-Aw  anything  about  it? 

Yours  truly , 

May  6,  1903. 

3.  Pick,  Esq,*  | 

c/o  hr own,  Shipley  *  Co. 

London,  England. 

pf p  .u-  favor  ci  th*  26th  ult ..  I  heg  to  enolose  you 
he.^wl  •  l  '  r  of  Attorney  signed  hy  Mr.  Edison  for  2476  fully  paid 
ordinary  shares  of^he  Xhmaerland  Iron  Ore  Co.  Ltd.  which  are  to  he 
forwarded  to /ms  hy  Mr.  Hall. 

I  return  you  herewith  part  of  a  letter  addressed  to  you 
under  date  of  the  17th  of  April.  Mr.  Edison  has.  read  this  pari 
over  and  asked  ree  where  the  other  part  was  and  I  told  him  that  this 
was  all  that  oame  in  the  envelope. 

Yours  truly. 

May  6,  1903, 

.Mutual  Jiff's  'itsuranoe  Co., 

Broadway  &  :edar  St., 

Hew  York. 

Bear  Sira: 

Since  writing  you  on  the  4th  inst.  in  regard  to  the 
Mortgage  on  jny  laboratory  in  Ye  at  Orange,  H.  .T.  I  heg  to  atate  that 
Some  thing  unexpected  has  turned  up  and  I  desire  to  let  the  mortgage 
run  along  and  not  take  it  up  at  present. I  anoloBB  you  herewith  my 
oheok  for  £600,  the  same  being  in  payment  for  six  months  interest 
on  same.  You^S  truly, 

Kay  6,  1903. 

s-  Pilling, 
Girard  Bldg., 

Philadelphia,  Pa, 

Dear  Sir: 

I  teg  to  anoloB*.  you  herewith  the  envelope  in  which  you 
hailed  a  letter  to  Mr.  Mlsoh  dated  April  30,  1903.  You  will  notice 
thdt  tkla  antelope  was  held  at  Philadelphia  for  postage  and  is  sent 
tp  you  as  per  request  of  7*-.  Mallory. 

Yours  truly, 

May  6,  1903. 

Kr s.  Dizaie  IS.  ’WaUSWOrth, 

462  Buclid  Ave ., 

JCSLayeland,  0. 

Dear  Madam: 

I  "beg  to  ehalose  you  herewith  check  for  §100,  also  a  note 
made  out  for'4r*>  years  for  like  amount  at  6^  interest.  Kindly  sign 

the  enclosed  not*  knd  return  to  me,  and  oblige,, 

tf&Lititt**.  *x.  toure  ferulv.  - 

John  y.  Miller,  Esq., 
‘Sudbury,  Ont., 

bear  8tr; 

„„„  ~0'”'  r“"r  "  Sn4  ln,t-  to  Mr.  Edison,  ro- 

J!  '"I  5“'"  <’“l”S  t0  ”'-It  f°r  y°"  14  «««.  duly 

.  'V  id‘“°n  °Snt  ”  *  l8tter  "«  *  *»««.  to  h„. 

“  I ,,r-  "■«**  «.  h, 

2  thM  “*■  -  "*  *«•  “  -v — «« 

*“  ,„K  and  ho  doss  oars  to  lot  hta  eo. 

„  .  f  Ut  m  *m  u  «»’-•  f  wr  on,  .1,0  yon  „,ula 

Ke  to  o®186  «®.*n  place  of  this  man? 

Yours  truly, 

ft*'*  /<>^t  «<) 

t^,  Cc^y  /^S£  <***, 

/H-  ^ 

**mS~*%'  'v*C  ,..,1.  ■ 

^'■^*^-7;  X  7  /  * 

___  ':  '  ''£,'* ''■‘-3 

>^ic-r,  ,,  /Cv,^  Yh2£J 

^  ,  ■  , 

as/'  'Crpt 


<A>-Csv  ••_  ^uJSZZz:, 


O  /'*"‘ 


■'i«  no  rahle  ?0wn  Counoil, 
v'es-fc  Orange,  JT.  .T. 


»■  on.  or  th,  tarmt  tapv,„  ln  th„  Tom  or  ,,1>t  „rmg5 
«r  to  pr.te.t  i„  th.  strong..,  po.eiti.  ,™n.r  wl„„  ^  eriuit. 
"  '  ■  “  11"m°  60  ““  »—•  «*  liquor  ftt  Highland  PMk. 

In  «n..n  with  Other  owners  of  property  or  th. 
14.  ,  should  consider  ,h.  oo^li„».  of  your  hmrtu,  ^ 

T‘  riW'“  **  *  dir"‘  tK«  llf.!..P»ln.e.  and  property 

1  th; 'Those.  Hone 8  are  in  this  looality. 

Ih.  disorderly  and  vl,i„„,  fr„  ai  p„t,  „  ^ 

»o«,  here  ih  larg.  number.  if  intonating  leverage.  were  .old 

>t  Highland  Part  and  th,  grating  of  a  lloene,  ln  „„  „0„,e  „ 
^Gargad  as  neoe8sary  to  our  own  citizens. 

The  Wdiate  result  of  licensing  Highland  Park  would  he 
to  lnju**e  the  reputation  of  the  town,  lower  the  value  of  property 
and  drive  away  the  principal  taxpayers,  upon  whom  its  prosperity 
he  eaid  lately  to  depend. 

Respectfully  yours, 


May  18,  1903. 

Sidney  C.  Ormsby,  Esq. , 

150  ’Tassau  St., 

Hew  York. 

Hear  Sir: 

As  per  your,  favor  of  the  14th  inst. ,  I  beg  to  advise  y 
taat  I  have  this  day  returned  the  papers  to  you  hy  Express,  sigm 
'by  Mr.  Edison  and  myself. 

In  7 Sr.  Edison's  paper  you  will  notice  that  he  has  made 
several  small  corrections  and  in  ray  paper  I  beg  to  call  your  att< 
tion  to  the  following  which  I  have  marked  in  '  r.V . 

Answer  Q#2 
Answer  Q#126 
Question  #135 
Answer  Q#205 
H.  77.  Question  #346. 

Yours  truly, 



'  / 

K.  E.  Dick,  Esq.,  . 

Eitzalan  House,  Arundel  St.,  k'"“jS  j 

London,  V/.  C.,  England,  ~y' 

Dear  Mr.  Dick: 

As  per  request  of  ”tr.  Edison,  I  Leg  to  return  you  herewith 
temporary  receipt,  also  allotment  for  6833  shares  of  stock  in  the 
Edison  Ore  Hilling  Syndicate,  Ltd.  The  renouncement  paper  has  keen 
mailed  to  Hr.  Harjes  direct  as  per  your  request.  Trusting  you  are 
in  good  health,  X  remain, 

Yours  very  tsuly, 

May  20,1903. 

John  Henry  Harjes,  EBq. , 

31  Boulevard  Hausmann, 

Paris,  Erance. 

Saar  Sir: 

As  „cr  instructions  from  Hr.  H.  E.  Mo*.  I  toe  to  enclose 
3-u  Mre„lth  a  renouncement  for  1000  of  .too*  of  th.  Edison  Or 
'MiUing  syndicate,  ltd.  executed  W  Hr.  Edison.  Kindly 
receipt  of  same,  and  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

John  V„  Miller,  Esq., 
Sudbury,  Ont., 

Dear  Sir: 

May  20,1903. 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  inst.,  I  b®g*o  state 
that  I  have  looked  in  the  cupboard  in  the  library  for  the  keys  which 
you  mention  but  I  have  been  unable  to  find  any  traoe  of  any. 

In  regard  to  the  book,  I  beg  to  state  that  it  came  safely 

to  hand  and  waB  turned  over  to  Mr.  Rafn  and  he  informed  me  that  he 
was  going  to  write  you  regarding  same.  1  can  not  find  out  from  him 

today,  as  I  understand  he  has  gone  away.  As  soon  as  he  returns  I 

will  speak  to  him  about  it. 

Yours  truly, 

james  Symington,  Esq. , 
Port  Huron,  Mich.. 

May  20,  1903. 

Dear  Sir: 

As  per  instructions  from  Mr.  Edison,  X  "beg  to  enclose  you 
herewith,  check  for  $15.00.  Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  same, 
and  oblige,  'Yours  truly, 

Howard  W.  Hayes,  Esq., 
Prudential  Bldg., 
Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

May  21,  1903. 

I  teg  to  enclose  you  herewith  "Secretary's  Oath"  for  the 
Hew  Jersey  Patent  Company,  duly  executed. 

YoOrs  truly-..  IH 

THOMAS  a\/E  D  I  S  0  N  . 

Orange,  N.  J.  May  18,  1903. 

Charles  F.  Scott  Bs*. 

President  An  Institute  Elec  Engs 

H  Y  City. 

Dear  Mr  .  Scott : 

I  am  delighted  to  note  the  sequel  of  the  Institute 
Library  Dinner  v/liich  I  had  the  pleasure  of  attending  last 
February,  and  am  heartily  glad  to  be  able  to  congratulate  you 
on  the  generous  gift  of  Mr.  Carnegie  of  One  million  dollars  to 
the  Institute  and  its  sister  Societies.  I  have  the  greater 
pleasure,  in  this  benefaction  to  the  Institute. because  it  comes 
from  one  of  ourselves,  who  began  at  the  Key  and  has  shown  himself 
so  worthy  of  the  great  wealth  that  has  come  to  him  since  he  was 
a  humble  telegrapher . 

I  am  convinced  that  all  the  Societies  concerned  will 
feel  it  their  duty  to  unite  in  disposing  of  this  gift  so  as  to 
render  It  of  the  utmost  value  and  profit  to  the  professions  they 
represent  and  to  the  arts  &  sciences  in  general. 

Faithfully  yours. 

Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Hay  27,1903. 

To  whom  It  may  concern; 

The  hearer,  George  Heathrington  has  been  employed  a 
Chemist  and  Experimenter  in  this  Laboratory  for  three  years. 
iB  laid  off  for'laok  of  work. 

Yours  truly. 

Copy  of  letter  sent  to  Jir.  Dick 


H.  1.,  May  27,  1903. 

I  send  you  copy  of  a  letter  which  I  received  from  London. 

You  will  see  the  newspaper  notideS  are  absurd,  also  notice  Jaw 
price  they  offer  nickel  at.  I  think  that  there  is  five  cents  duty 
here,  hut  for  our  European  business  these  low  prices  are  good;  The 
price  I  am  paying  Trust  now  is  45  cents,  formerly  60  cents.  You 
better  see  these  parties  and  get  in  touch  with  them  for  future  use. 
If  you  could  get  them  to  sell  us  small  lots,  say  5  or  10  tons  until 

vould  be  a  good  club  over  the 

Trust  here.  Miller  is  now  drilling  one  of  our  Sudbury  propositions, 
he  sunk  one  hole shovel  in  swamp  and  struck  right  on  top  of  a 
mine.  The  solid  We -goes  about  two  per  cent.  The  area  is  enormous 
from  the  needle  and  X  have  great  expectations.  Our  delay  here  has 
been  the  trouble  with  the  machine  for  filling  the  iron  cups.  It 
is  working  O.K.  now  and  both  machines  are  running  daily  and  we  are 
off  at  last  manufacturing.  The  new  cells  will  show  about  170  ampere 
on  the  long  charge.  The  discharge  rate  is  immense. 

Pinzis  high  discharge  was  not  so  goo*  on  aooount  of  the 
pockets  being  nearly  closed  up  (ie.)  the  holes.  I  cabled  you  today 
in  re  the  Studebacker  run  of  2400  miles.  The  battery  was  the  la 
Plato  made  by  machinery.  Prom  the  time  they  went  in  until  the  end 

tiiey  were  never  touched  or  cleaned  and  they  are  better  than  at 
first,  and  every  cell  is  exactly  the  same.  'They  have  had  some 
fearful  jolts,  so  much  so  that  the  wagon  is  no  longer  safe  to  j 
and  we  are  overhauling  it. 

Took  my  family  to  Morristown  the  Wthjyr  Sunday  with  Baker 
and  Waverly,  13  plate  cells.  42  miles,  tremendous  hills  at  Summit; 
Baker  got  back  with  average  1.18  volts  still  on  battery. 

The • remarkable  thing  about  the  28  plate  cells  is  the 
discharge  rate  and  the  fact  that  in  a  five  hour  discharge  with  3 
cells,  the  cell  ended  at  .75  volts  within  one  minute  of  each  other 
This  shows  the  perfection  of  the  new  filling  machines. 





_  .  May  28.  1903. 

Federal  Trust  Co., 

747  Broad  St., 

Newark,.  JT.  J. 

Dear  Sirs: 

I  1=00  to  enolose  you  hero.Uh  draft  for  019  -  12, 

iiao*  pro°e"as  ^  ”rodi*  “<« » « to  l  „oimt 

yo  .  allow  per  pound,  and  oblige, 

Yours  truly. 

Hay  Stt,  1903. 


Sonj .  Kirk,  Baq., 

Sidney,  M.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  yodr  faVOi  df  the  88th  last.,  I  "beg.  to  state 
•that  I  do  not  know  of  an  apparatus  edP  the-  kiwi  you  mention. 

Youra  truly. 

'J.  G.  Beiff,  Esq., 
20  Broad  St., 

Hew  York. 

Bear  sir: 

May  28,1903. 

In  reply  to  your  faVOr  Of  the  25th  Wilt.,  i  beg  to  state 
that  I  never  worked  -on  Tellurium  ores.  Why  don’ t  you  go  ahead  with 
your  copper.  HP*  Chapman  here  at  the  laboratory  will  have  hie 
machine  finished  in  a  few  days  and  1  would  aayiae  you  to  o<jjne  over 
and  sao  him  about  making  a  test. 

Yowrf  truly, 


Mrs>  jiarion  E.  Oeser, 
t/a^enan,  J3l8aes, 


De^  jfrs.  Oeaar; 

I  beg  to  advise  you  that  Mr.  G.  B.  Elliott  called  on 
me  in  regard  t0  purchasing  the  hous^  at  Henlo  Park  Wednesday  last 
and  ),a  says  -that  yie  has  been  so  very  busy  in  fitting  up  a  new  fac¬ 
tory  *ni ch  he  has  purchased  there  that  it  was  impossible  to  olose 
....  soon 

the  tr.an0aotion  for  the  purchase  of  the  house.  Just  as/the  search 

ifl  flfJlalied  he  HU  dive  me  a  check  for  the  property  and  1  will 
inta9(jjl»t03.y  £on»ard.  it  to  you. 

He  tell  <3  me  there  is  no  doubt  in  the  world  but  what  he 
wUl  («ke  the  house,  provided  the  title  of  the  property  is  all  clear, 
f  ajn  <3Wite  s«re  tt  is.  It  may  take  two  or  three  weeks  before 
he  has  tHe  saaroh  made  but  just  as  soon  as  it  is  finished  he  promi¬ 
ses  gl^e  me  the  money. 

Yours  truly, 

May  27,  1903, 

MOTIVED  from  George  P.  Hetherington  the  following: 

1  Platinum  Pish  Weighing 

29.4526  Grammes 

1  Platinum  Crucible  &  Lid  » 

56.9987  " 

1  "  »  „  „ 

23.6951  " 

1  "  '•  ..  n 


8  "  Electrodes) 

Property  of  #1311  ) 

30.8875  " 

2  Platinum  Cones  »  » 


1  Small  agate  mortar  and  pestle 

1  large  "  "  »  „ 

■Thorium  Chloride 

"  Bromide 

1  Platinum  Stirring  Rod 


. r‘  • 

o"  t  M  '  ■ 

Jir.  \V.  A.  I,.  Laughton,  Manager, 

Employers'  Liability  Aesurance  Corporatibi 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Youra  of  the  29th  ultimo  advioing  that  you  had  Bent  our 
General  Office  a  check  in  full  for  settlement  of  the  eight  deaths 
and  six  injury  cases,  is  noted. 

Your  handling  of  these  cases  on  a  broad  gauge  basis 
and  without  any  quibbling,  is  much  appreciated  by  us. 

Yours  very  truly,  m 



'  Mi. 

{^tM%H««lf  *,e  1C 


.  £|*A 



X^v^WTIT^  *$*&*' 

Yittiwf  £Lsssc^«| 

'  .-+ 



Wi *^z*  ty*3- 


V.  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  inn*..*  |  bet  to  state 
w-  is  ny  Chief  Draughtsman  and  hao  lid,  ,  #.i  • }.  me  years 
ust  him  for  any  Reasonable  amount  of  .isenay. 

Tours  truly, 

June  25,  1903. 

.  Kennelly ,  Esq., 

Betz  Bldg. , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  le  tter  from  Will •* an  5.  ?*o 
of  Perth,  Ont . ,  Canada.  Will  you  hindly  give  same  the  atten- 
i  thirds  necessary,  and  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 



1,  Efcj.., 

Secretary  .Citizens  League, 

V/" »+.  Orange,  N.  S'* 

Lear  Sir: 

I  "be  to  i  -  sloae  you  herewith  a  oirou?  ->  by  me 

from  Adolph  Roe der.  f  hi  ve  made  no  reply  to  ti.ia  oir.n-.lar  ae  I 
suppose  It  will  be  one  of  the  subjects  taken  up  by  our  league. 

Youtb  truly,  ,  ~ 

June  26,  1903. 

Messrs.  Steinway  &  Sons, 

109  E.  14th  St., 

New  York. 

pear  Sirs: 

I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  check  for  $1100.00,  the 
same  being  in  payment  for  Piano  No.  106936  to  be  delivered  to  my 
house  in  Llewellyn  Park,  West  Orange,  N.  7.  and  to  be  put  up  in  good 
order.  Kindly  send' me  receipted  bill  for.  same,  and  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

V  June  29,  1903. 

JohK  M.  lansden  Jr.,  Man., 

1418  Pirst  Ave., 

Birmingham,  Ala. 

My  dear  lansden: 

I  feel  it  my  duty  to  inform  you  that  Hill  ie  no  longer 
employed  By  the  Storage  Battery  Company  or  myself  and  that  he  was 
revested  to  resign  last  month  which  he  did.  The  reason  for  the 
re qoe st  was  that  he  was  Bringing  our  name  into  disrepute  By  making 
all  kinds  of  statements  and  Borrowing  money  from  everybody  he  pos¬ 
sibly  could.  He  is  so  discredited  that  I  do  not  Believe  he  will  Be 
able  to  raise  any  money  for  you  and  may  get  you  in  difficulties, 
so  you  should  Be  on  your  guard  about  committing  yourself  By  contract 
I  am  very  sorry  that  Hill  is  carrying  on  this  way  as  he  is 
a  very  agreeable  man.  Please  consider  this  letter  striotlyoonfi- 

tential.  Hill  gave  me  your  letters  and  1  infsr  that  yh^ieed  money 
whioh  he  keeps  promising  to  raise  But  does  not  do  so. 

If  you  get  pinched  Badly  come  and  see  me  and  perhaps  I 

TouTs  truly  truly, 

■  '  'W 


H.  E.  Pick,  T53q., 

o/o  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  ltd.,  ' 
load on,  England. 

Pear  sir: 

I  oeg  to  confirm  following  cable  sent  you  this  day:  "Dick 
Paris. Start  thirty  amperes  increasing  finally  to  hundred  fifty.  0a 
riage  goes  Thursday  steamer.  Aultiuan  wagon  two  ten  and  quarter 
made  our  road  fifty  miles,  muddy,  sixty  six  cells.  Edison. 

Yours  truly, 

The  Smith  lyriphone  Co . , 

i  kindly  nend  me  a  circular  covering  your  Lyri- 

phdne,  also  quote  prici 

l  the  device  arranged  to  operate  with 

:  power  and  separate  price  on  one  \ 

I  am  thinking  of  purchasing 

Will  this  entitle  me  to  the 

Yours  very  truly, 



-'r  o  Charles  L.  Edgar,  President,' 

Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co., 

My  dear  Sir:  — 

Boston, Mass. 

7A/03A’Si  0. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  thank  you  for. yours  of  the  30th 
ultimo  enclosing  copies  of  the  Storage  Battery  contracts.  He  also 
requests  the  following  Information:  '57. ,  ^ 

"Mr.  Davis:  "1  understand  the  average  charge  for  Phila¬ 
delphia  Storage  Batters'-  is  approximately  $100.  per  Kilowatt.  " 
President  Pergussn:  "That  is  nearly  right." 

This  is  blurred  to  me ,  is  It  $100.  for  a  battery  that 
will  give  1  Kilowatt  hour  or  a  battery  that  gives  l  kilowatt  dis¬ 
charge  for  5  hours  or  more  or  what.  I  cannot  make  out  the  cost  of 
a  battery  having  a  total  capacity  of  one  Kilowatt  hour  and  the  con¬ 
tracts  only  confuse  me  further,  I  see  nd  where  in  the  contract 
that  the  capacity  is  to  remain  the  same  during  any  given  period. 
There  must  be  times  before  renewals  are  put  in  that  the  capacity  is 

Another  thing;  If  they  guarantee  to  maintain  yoUr  battery 
for  si*  percent,  what  difference  does  it  make  to  you  what  the  prioA 
-  r  rej**-"*"1  nawts,  ip  4*  -ths^;  .yott  expected  to  get  it  for  less 


July  2,  1903. 

Smith  lyraphone  Co., 

15  W.  Pratt  St.,, 

Baltimore,  ?!d. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ult.  came  duly  to  hand  and  in  reply 
please  ah ip  me  at  the  earliest  possible  moment  one  outfit  adresaed 
to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  IT.  j.  with  motor  to 
propel  machine  in  box  to  go  under  piano.  Any  style  case  or  wood 
will  do  that  car.  he  shipped  quickly.  Kindly  render  bill  with  best 

I  will  be  willing  to  give  whatever  assistance  I  can  as  to 
installation  of  motor  so  to  suppress  sound.  I  understand  that  the 
rolls  used  by  the  Pianola  people  can  be  used  on  your  maohine. 

Yours  truly, 


July  3,  1903. 

M'Uiu  !£«  Pox,  38(Bq.r 

,  c/o  The.  Harvey  United  Steel  Go.,  Ltd., 

28  Victoria  St.,  Westminster,  S.W., 

Tiondon,  England; 

»-ar  Hr.  ?c.x: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of  June  8th.  with, 
•enclosures  as  mentioned,  for  all  of  whidh  please  accept  m  thanks. 

.  What  Hr.  'Unite  advised  you  relativ*  to  the  power  of  attorney  is 
ccrrec-t .  local  ooinpsniee  organized  by  Mppincott  and  others  a 

(Treat  many  years  ago,  as  well  as  the  old  Barth  American  Phonograph  Co. , 
nhieh  v.-aH  considered  the  parent  company,  have  practically  oeased  to 
exist  for  a  number  of  years.  The  reason  has,  of  course,  been. that 
they  have  '.-.eon  absolutely  inactive:  they  would  do  nothing  towards  pushing 
thi  business  smd  as  *  consequence  the  greater  portion  of  thorn,  and 
principally  the  Eorth  American  Co.,  drifted  into  the  hands  of  a  Receiver 
and  i'm  »?.iu  compare'  was  wound  up.  As  you  are  doubtless  aware,  I  had 
a  1*7 -1*  aiKVnt  -f  money  tied  up  in  the  Edison  Phonograph  ITorke  here, 

‘•fc-'l  i*-s  -Ii  ;  ‘  r  r vr-.ies,  to  whion  1  had  not  only  attached  ay 

u-'-ir  hut  ii!  h-.  -•••*.  T  pecuniarily  interested.  The  upshot  of  the 

maf  er  ne.  trait  v-,vhlo  litigation  X  succeeded  in  arranging 

mtiegts  in  atwh  a  wav  •.  t  sale  of  the  apparatus  could  he  handled 
oy  r  ottegany  xAiich  had  been  organized  by  certain  of  my  associates. 
i2hey  began  iou»  ime s s  something  like  nine  years  ago,  and  after  a  very  hard, 
■arifl  <53.  act- orbing  trims  they  eventually  succeeded  in  bringing  the-  phon.b- 


\  / 


so  tuat  -.’nfi  outlook  1h  nov/  quit e  favorahli 
iny  to  get  hack  the  very  large  amount  of  money 

thnre®  ir  the  other  local  companies  are  concerned, 

:  '■•v-sz  paragraph  of  your  letter,  they  are  of  no  ub< 
?v,t  I  thank  you,  nevertheless,  for  the  offer. 

.nkinr.  I’0’3  for  the  interest  shown,  which  I  can  asour< 
jreciutsd,  and  trusting  that  at  some  future  time  I 
‘ftsnre  of  reciprocating  the  favor,  believe  me  to  h« 

Yours  very  truly, 

-  CL  ' 

CXAe.  ta n*>4f*n+***1 

that  the 

Rls-d  to  learn 

automr la  and  battery  pleaee  you.  If  you  will  follow 
ohe  ineti  uot *  ■t.h  as  to  keeping  the  necessary  supply  of  distill 
water  in  the  cells,  I  fully  believe  you  will  have  .  great  de*  of 
pleasure  from  the  outfit. 

In  I  cm:  ‘  If  you  set  near  Orange,  I  ahell  lie  glad 

to  have  .*  ahoun  though  the  Laboratory'S*?^  of  ^ 

Yours  very  truly,  ^ 

-3£ - 

■  ■.■-.101 


i-  ' 

July  11,  1903. 

John  M,  Landsden,  Jr.,  Usq. , 

418  First  Ave., 

Birmingham,  Ala. 

My  dear  Land a den: 

Your  favor  of  the  8th  inst.  oame  duly  to  hand  and  in 
reply  I  Leg  to  state  that  you  "better  deal  direct  with  Mr.  Churchward 
and  get  his  motors  or  "buy  Westinghouse. 

I  "beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  my  check  for  §1,000,  note 
for  like  amount  and  date  ,  which  kindly  sign  and  return  to  me, 
and  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

John  H.  Hopkins,  Esq, , 
9  Church  St., 

I  have  an  Engineer  whe  starts  for  Australia  this  week  ana 
will  have  several  days  to  wait  for  the  steamer  at  San  Erancisoo. 

If  you  will  describe  the  position  of  the  Congress  Mine  and  how  to 
reach  it,  he  will  go  there  and  look  at  the  property. 

Hon.  Henry  I.  Budd, 

Commissioner  of  Eublio  Roads, 

I  am  very  much  interested  in  the  good  roads  of  the  State 
of  }Tew  Jersey  and  would  very  much  like  to  have  you  send  me  your 
annuai  report ,  containing  map  showing  where  the  macamized  roads  Are 
located.  Thanking  you  in  advance  for  same,  I  remain,- 


July  16,  1903. 

H.  S.  Boulton,  Esq.,  Mgr. 

(For  Mr.  Mason,) 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

Stewart sville,  N.  .T. 

Dear  Sir: 

Want  to  oaUL  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  the  new 
■bearings  we  are  making  have  high  speed  shafts  like  the  motors  and 
that  oil.  will  not  travel  across  a  high  speed  shaft,  being  wiped 
off  by  shaft  before  it  gets  to  the  other  end,  which  is  not  the  case 
with  a  slow  speed  shaft  on  all  the^bearings.  You  remember  we  drilled 
a  hole  through  the  top  of  bearing  on  motors  leading  to  the  center 
of  cap  and  the  end  of  this  hole  was  at  the  little  dam  at  chain, 
which  backed  the  oil  up  and  caused  it  to  be  forced  through  the  hole 
to  the  center.  Take  the  matter  up  as  regards  dam  and  hole  with  Jayne 
and  decide  if  you  should  not  drill  them  at  Works  or. here.  Answer. 

Yours  truly, 

4„.  July  16,  1903. 


roK.  .8  .H 

IS  !'<! 


YT»  X.  Edison,  Esq..,  ■  f  / / 

Koval  F.oland,  59th  St.,  '  f 
Hew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  father  instructed  me  to  write  you  in  regard  to  your 
letter  of  the  15th  inst.  and  your  telegram  of  today,  stating  that 
,e  ;vrv.l<l  loan  you  the  $200  and  for  which  I  enclose  oheck,  also  note 
i,r  six  months  which  kindly  sign  and  return. 

He  does  not  want  you  t6  uBfe  the  word  "Edison."  on  your 
advertisements,  as  the  battery  will  he  used  in  automobiles  and  the 
autonobile  people  might  draw  wrong  conclusions.  He  has  already  pur¬ 
chased  a  gasolene  touring  car. 

He  says  you  better  look  out  and  not  spend  too  rauoh  money, 
as  you  will  find  that  you  are  not  Going  to  succeed  so  nicely  as  you 
imagine.  Only  two  automobile  companies  have  so  far  cleared  expense 
and  there  has  been  millions  expended. 

Yaws  truly,  ^ 


('  f  -JjA  ■  (\ 

•  I.  ■  *  Jy- 

(  §  i)  /imtJtf  Mint 


ii4/ **/- 

t  / 

■mMm* wmi-  (••  .  0  »  it  A  -t  9  h* /a  d-di> 

tiw,  /i&ja&l'j  to  jf'inxflj  Jlcwv  j  tLu  n  J  ^ 

tJ\Jb  ■A'lzfuiA  QliC'&ii  elO-U  S.vtiAi'  tlyvtifij  . 

i  I  0  #  : 

£  &  n 

,.A  'tL  to%» 

l>  JU*fc  ,jn]U  d.“ 

iQlaw  0J 

iulM-, l  ^  "i°’,m 

(f  efL»a&^ 

.  U;  3V-  /«3 


•‘■'S'  I-.  Edga r,  President, 

Kdison  Electric  Illuminating  Co. 

70  State  Street, Boston, 3* ase. 

On  account,  of  Construction,  I  am  sure  the  future  auto- 
v.ohile  v;i  ,1  he  around  40  to  60  volts  for  charging  and  if  you  v.ant 
to  he  right  on  the  future ,  you  will  have  to  solve  the  problem  of 
not  losing  current  by  Resistance.  Of  course,  the  time  v*en  the 
current  for  automobile,  vill  he  a  big  factor, is  three  or  four  years 

"yours  very  truly, 
f  1  - 


8/12/03ASM  /L 

Messrs.  Colgate  &  Co., 

53  John  Street, 

Mew  York. 

Dear  Sirs:-- 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  10th  inst. ,  I  teg  to  state, 
that  I  desired  a  list  so  he  to  ,be  able  to  make  selections  for  some 
experimental  work  I  have  in  hand,  and  1  am  perfectly  willing  to 
puroti'ase  through  local  Druggists,  hut  before  doing  so  .wanted  &  full 
list  to  select  from. 

Yours  very  t^uly,  -■> 

V/illism  Simplcin,  Esq., 

c/o  Standard  Construction  Corporation,  Xtd., 

Eitzalan  House,  Arundel  St. , 

Xondon,  "W.  c,,  England. 

Hear  Mr  .-Simpkins 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  5th  Inst.,  1  beg  to  state 
that  the  report  In  the  news-papers  about  Dally  losing  his  am  is 
■correct.  } Hr.  Edison  claims  that  the  X  Ray  affected  his  eyes  that  he 
had  to  wear  glasses  but  they  appear  to  be  all  right  at  the  present 
tlffis  and  is  feeling  as  well  as  when  you  were  here  at  the  Xaboratory. 

trusting  you  are  getting  along  nicely  and  with  best  wishes, 

I  remain.  Yours  -truly. 

Aug.  21,  1903. 

290  Cortlandt  St. 

”r'  h"’ded  ”  l««.r  of  Aug.  15m  regarding 

*  C°"Plidnt  6y  »“»  «w  atom  the  Wring  at  the  Samoa 

Laboratory  and  to  reply  I  beg  to  .tat.  that  I  a.  not  too.  «y  thl, 
oomplalnt  ha.  bean  ,ado  «d  aoala  Ilk.  y.,y  t0  ha„  lnfoi._ 

nation  on  the  subject. 

Yours  truly, . 

Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,,  N.  Y. 

a  herewith  the  bond  .which  you  signed 


Mrs.  Marion  33.  Oeser, 
Hag e nan,  331sass, 

Dear  Mrs.  Oeser: 

Aug*  21,  1903. 

I  Deg  to  enclose  you  herewith  a  draft  on  Berlin  for  4172 

Marks,  whicl/the  equivalent  of  $1,000  i  received  for  the  house  and 
lot  at  Menlo  Park.  ICindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  same,  and  oblige, 
yours  truly, 

K.  Dibbs,  Esq. ,  AUg-  21>  190S* 

Marragansett  Pier, 

Kiiode  Island. 

Dear  Sir : 

that  a  C  ^  t0  'V°Ur  fWOr  °f  ^  1Rth  lnSt-  1  be8  to  state 
'°“  V/aB  mLled  f0r  your  acR0^t  on  July  9th  to  17  Rector 


"W-1  - Tviodwfej  'isc(. , 

v'/eedon,  England. 

Dear  Sir: 

August  21,  1903. 

As  usual  the  newspapers  got  things  mixed.  Py  eyes  were 
only  slightly  injured,  my  assistant,  however,  had  his  am  taken  off 
and  probably  will  lose  the  other,  as  four  fingers  have  already  hein 
cut  away. 

The  ore  from  Afrioa  is  at  the  cement  Works  and  I  will  run 
some  through  at  the  first  opportunity. 

Regarding  Simpkin,  I  want  to  say  that  up  to  the  present  time 
X  have  only  approved  officially  the  five  foot  and  three  high  rolls 
for  the  reaBOn  that  no  other  plans  have  been  submitted  to  me,  although 
X  am  supposed  to  be  the  designer  of  the  plant.  If  he  is  goine  ahead 
constructing  and  building  the  other  machinery  and  buildings  without 
approval,  the  company  will  only  learn  too  late  what  a  sad  mistake 
hae  been  wade .  X  am  not  hankering  after  the  job  of  going  over  a 
host  of  detail  drawings  to  point  out  defects  which  I  know  from  ten 

years  experimenting  on  the  only  large  scale  ever  attempted,  but  I 
d'  it  so  the  plant  Will  be  a  success.  If  you  will  ask  Mr.  ^impkin 
Vi_copies,  r "  my  : -  .ors,  numbering  over  twenty  you  will  then  learn 
;  v3.?  7.  1  Si-'  Sc.:  never  had  any  experience  in  large  Crushing- 

!.a«?)TS  an.:  ye  fear  V  is  going  right  ahead  without  ^submitting  all 
■  ’■a  plans  for  of  itician .  hove  not  had  a  letter  or  drawing  for 
saver:*'-  months,  possibly  his  absence  accounts  for  that. 

Friend  Moulton: 

X  intended  to  have  written  the  scheme  out  lief  ore ,  hut  foi 
the  last  four  days  I  have  heen  in  great  p&ih  from  my  Btomach,  so 
much  so  that  I  oan  not  write  them  out  in  detail  as  j  wanted  to,  I 
send  you  the  disjointed  frame  work  of  the  schemes*  If  you  will  have 
Mason  carry  them  out  in  full  detail  including  Kiln,  Chief  steam 
dept,  and  Mine  Chemist  dept,  and  typewrite  them  and  afterwards  go 
over  the  scheme  yourself  and  lick  it  in  shape,  I  will  come  down  next 
week  and  we  will  go  into  the  matter  in  detail.  Arranging  the  oil 
schedule  report  blanks,  eto.  is  out  of  my  line  and  you  will  have  to 
do  that. 


Va  M.  8,  Moulton,  Esq.,  Manager, 
Ellison  Portland  Cement  Co., 
•Stewartsville,  H.  J. 


>  Aug.  25,  1903. 

**  ■*  Weir*  ^.President. 

Adams  Jlxpreaa  Co., 

New  York. 

%  dear  Weir: 

1318  l3attery  ia  allright,  hut  there  is'nt  a  single  rig  on 

hig  7iZ\Ti  18  any  e°°d‘  1  83q>e0t  the  Birrate^  man  will  have 

lisht  delivery  wagon  at  Orange  in  two  or  three  weeks.  He  is  the 
«ost  practical  man  I  have  met  so  w  <  '  h° 

f  1  investigated  your  wants 

draughts,^  from  the  cement  w.rks,  x  will  design,  make  and  test  one 
for  you  myself . 

want  yo„  t.  «*.  run  „er  ana  „ien  ^ 

apehd  one  third  your  time  collecting  funny  stories. 

Yours  truly, 


At«.  3i,  1903. 

Howard  W„  Kayes,  E«i., 

Bewark,  N.  j. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  enclose  you  herewith  original  letter  from  Nathaniel  A 
2,  Villia*  St.,  New  York,  atton,ey  for  the  Oalisteo  Co^, 
v*ich  you  will  doubtless  wish  to  retain. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Nathaniel  a. 

Kleberg,  EB<i., 

2V  William  St., 

_  Hew  York. 

Hear  Sirs 

Your  communication  of  August  26th,  1803  received  t  „ 
Placed  same  in  the  hands  of  attorney  Mr  Howl 7  * 

tlal  Building,  Hewark  *  ,  v  Haye8*  PrUdea- 

against  me.  ’  *  °  wil1  any  suit  you  may  bring 

Yours  of  September  3th  at  hand.  I  am  very  much  gratified 
oy  your  action  on  ray  matter  and  I  thank  you  very  much.  It  is  the 
first,  time  I  have  ever  asked  the  assistanoe  of  our  Senator  and 
would  not  have  bothered  you  with  it,  but  the  case  was  so  manifestly 
fraudulent  that  I  was  encouraged  to  do  so. 

Yours  respectfully.  - 


Sep.  10,  1903. 

Ewaid  Stulpner,  Esq. 
Port  layers, 

Pear  Sir: 

«>»<*  for  $397.15, 

“  P’ym"'t  Ur  tlnaiy  ».nd  »  ,  receipted  Mu 

f””  *•  *”*°y  —  and  er,Mly  oblte..  ““ 

Yours  truly, 


Sep.  10,  1903. 

*»K3,  ••aier! 

243  7it.  Pleasant  Ave., 

ITewark,  JT.  j. 

in  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  8th  inst.,  I  beg 
to  .ft.  that  I  .soke  ,0  Hr.  ml*  ln  „  sara  t0  Mu  ^ 

A'  Ed‘”“  •Ir'  ;'ou  »■*  adetaed  Be  to  »rlte  to  hto 

and  ask  him  to  pay  you  what  he  owed. 

I  wrote  him  yesterday  and  as  soon  aa  j  hear  frora  hlm  T 
will  advise  you. 

Tourg  truly, 


10,  3.903. 

~'7’  'feadoweroft,  33s  q., 
106  Shilton  St., 
New  York. 

Dpar  Jfi*.  ”eadoworoft: 

- to  nand  and 

VI  “  “  1  ».  t»,  ^.3. 

K1»  »-  »•  u„, 
I*'’"*  W  “»  X  —  ».«  w  «Oe  t.  get  Ms 

to  set  tt  for  me  and  ae  a,  s,  doe.  I  „U1  advise  yea. 

I  am  getting  along  Hotly  and  quit,  prosperous  and  trust 
you  are  doing  the  aarae. 

Youra  truly, 


Sept.  16,  1903. 

ff|M  Jeanie  L.  Stillwell, 

134  Jfarklan i  St., 

Hamilton,  Ont.,  Canada. 

Dear  Mies  Stillwell: 

Your  letter  of  the  13th  inat.  also  enclosure  for  Hr.  Edison 
oame  duly  to  hand  and  in  reply  1  "beg  to  State  that  1  handed  Mr. 

Edison  his  letter  and  he  notified  me  to  send  your  mother  a  check 
for  $25.00  per  month  until  he  notifies  me  to  stop  sending  same. 

I  enclose  you  herewith  a  check  for  the  month  of  September 
for  $25.00. 

Yours  truly, 


H  .  Ti ,  gtS  ok ,  33s  qo , 

London,  England. 


425  " 

17,  1903. 

My  Dear  Dick: 

It  is  very  difficult  to  make  estimate  of  costs  of  factory 
and  chemical  works,  "but  as  near  as  I  can  approximate  at  the  present 
moment,  the  pioneer  plant  without  buildings  for  300  cells  daily  will 
cos*k  about  §385,000*00# 

I  think  we  shall  he  able  to  make  the  30  plate  200  ampere 
cell  here  for  less  than  ten  dollars,  selling  now  for  $15,  of  course 
when  we  get  cheap  steel,  nickel  and  hard  rubber  it  will  come  way  do™, 
but  we  are  terribly  handicapped  on  steel  and  rubber.  The  125  ampere 
cell,  12  nickels  and  6  irons,  which  will  be  the  thing  for  runabouts 
of  the  Baker  type,  we  shall  sell  for  ten  dollars  and  will  probably 
cost  us  seven  until  we  can  get  stock,  etc.  at  a  reasonable  price. 

Of  course  now  the  cells  are  costing  much  more,  as  our  output  is  small 
and  general  expense  large. 

Gur  Iron  filling  machine  is  not  a  success  and  I  have  taken 
gi!(V  ;tl in  hand  myself  and  I  will  solve  the  problem  at  the  La- 
•j ora as  I  should  have  done  originally  and  not  trust  it  to  a 

Kbshr,  ^  ,avor  troubles  at  Laboratory  and  today  only 
,1011  work,  site  union  want  to  run  it  and  I  am  net  going  to 

do  so. 


Tha  -ewapaper  report  of  auto  run  was  pure  fake.  Bee  ran  a 
•  rom  Atlantic  City  to  Wanaroaker’s.  store  in  Philadelphia,  10 
milcio  and  then  went  8  miles  more  in  Philadelphia  on  the  Reg.  21 

Wanamaker's  Supt.  said  that  no  electric  had  ever  done  it  and 
'ie  ‘•‘'U'nt  believe  it  could  he  done.  We  are  putting  a  battery  in 
one  of  TVs  delivery  wagons. 

Pennsylvania  R.  R.  have  sent  us  order  for  cells  for  car 
lighting.  They  say  car  lighting  by  battery  is  the  thing  they  want 
and  the  lead  battery  is  a  failure,  that  the  characteristics  of  ours 
is  just  the  exact  thing  wanted  and  the  things  missing  in  all 
lead  batteries. 

Pro thing  is  due  to  colloids  as  Hibbert  says.  We  wash  all 
cells  in  2,1/2  per  cent  solution  of  Potash,  in  which  all  soaps,  etc. 
are  soluable.  Soaps  are  not  soluable  to  any  extent  in  20/  solution. 
We  use  hot  solution.  We  have  had  oaBds  of  foaming  after  they  were 
in  an  auto.  1st  case  waB  due  to  man  twisting  up  paper  and  using  it 
to  ascertain  depth  of  water;  second  case  was  cleaning  with  waste  when 
filler  hole  open,  fibre  getting  in  solution.  TVhen  filler  fails  to 
work  and  too  much  water  put  in  it  gives  too  little  room  for  dhe 
certain  amount  of  frothing  which  always  takes  place.  We  are  on  to 
every  defect  and  all  can  be  cured  perfectly.  Pine  dust  on  the  road 
may  get  in  through  the  gauze,  but  we  have  not  had  any  trouble  from 
frothing,traoeable  to  this.  What  Hibbert  says  about  the  oxide  of 
copper,  thie  is  now  gone  as  we  have  got  steel'  drop  forgings. 

Yours  truly, 


to  3o.eIq,  ni 
iieJ-nJfc  rWiw 


SS^pSEE _ _t 

.>4c4i,.  z/,  /fe>  3 

I  am  the  owner  of  195  acres  of  land  situated  in  the  Town 
of  r>i;  ony  Point,  Rockwood  County,  Hew  York  State.  You  have  written 
mo  that  you  are  desirous  of  cutting  hoop  poles  on  this  land  and  pay 
me  one  third  of  the  money  you  receive  for  the  poles,  less  $2.00 
for  loading  each  oar  load  shipped.  You  have  also  offered  to  have 
the  money  remitted  directly  to  me  by  the  parties  to  whom  you  consign 
the  poles  in  Hew  York.  You  have  asked  that  you  he  given  this  right 
for  the  next  five  years.  X  am  willing  to  do  this  under  the  follow¬ 
ing  conditions: 

lii  case  X  sell  '.he  land,  all  rights  to  cut  hoop  poles 
vrii.i  ooas'i  but  you  arogiven  the  privilege  of  selling  such  hoop 

4.0  you  .may  have  cut  up  to  date  of .  the  sale.  You  are  to  work 
In  i  ;,di  accord  with  J-ir.  Howard  So  and  ell  of  Xona  Island.  You  will 

■  if  '  request  you  ?!-•  h.  iU  to  give  full  information  as  to  the 
;„v.  ^  Ulit  and  ■  .  .  =  .  v.\..ilcock  or  some  party  that  X 

.;u-i  ‘-nate.  j. o  ia  .mdsvstood  that  y.*,; 

p  .  ,  .  ..  ,  :  -:n  —lowing  the  3nip- 


Sep.  28,  1903. 

Dr.  E.  E.  Roebor, 

Editor  Electrochemical  Industry, 

114  liberty  St.,  IT.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  would  like  to  get  up  an  article  relating  to  the  chemical 
reactions  of  ray  battery  and  correct  some  erroneous  statements  now 
Toeing  published  in  Eoreign  .Tournals,  an  article  which  you  can  publish 
in  your  paper.  I  of  course  will  pay  the  usual  honoriura.  Can  you 
undertake  it? 

Yours  truly. 


Oct.  1,-1903. 

”  irran  ivpe,  JOsip, ,  / 

IVi  iisv  illi,  70/ . 

•>a r  Sir: 


■I  te  plying  to  your  favor  of  the  1-7 th  ult.,  I  beg  to  state 
that  the  firm  of  Dyer  &  Dyer,  31  JTaasau  f! t  Hew  York  have  done  my 

patent  work  for  the  past  five  years  find  are  reliable  people. 

Yours  truly, 

John  M.  handsden  Jr.,  Esq., 

Birmingham  ELeotric  &  70*3.  Co., 
Birmingham,  Ala. 

Oot.  1, 


-hat  I  would  lii 
:: -rage  Battery 

1  to  your  :ravor  of  the  25t.*i  ult.,  X  be^,  • o  sT.a*.e 
j  Have  yon  jhip  the  machines  to  the  TCdison 
Bloomfield,  IT.  J.  and  advise  me  of  shipment. 

Yours  truly  j 

x  bee  to  enclose  you  herewith  the  deed  mentioned.  in..your 
the  5th  inst.  addressed  Edison,  which  has  been  ex- 
r  Mr.  Bdison  arid  Mr.  Insull  and  beg  to  call  your  attention 
ic+-  that  the  deed  .is  not  dated,  and  Hr.  Elliott  thinks  it 
sent  to  the  County  Clerk's  Office  in  Newark  to  him 
hat  he  is  a  Master  in  Chancery  or  Notary  Public. 

I  knew  that  Mr.  Insull  was  ejected  here  this  morning  and 
reason  I  held  the  deed  and  had  him  execute  same. 


The  Pinkerton  National  Detective  Agency, 

67  Broadway, 

New  York. 

Dear  Sirs:-- 

Will  yon  kindly  withdraw  your  man  #63,  who  has  been  making 
the  reporte  for  us  for  some  little  time  since,  as  he  has  given  ue 
the  information  v/e  desire. 

Yours  very  truly,' 

Oct.  12,  1903. 

.  A.  Belief fler,  Esq.. , 

Gen.  Kg r.  Karine  Engine  &  Supply  Co., 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  23rd  ult. ,  I  heg  to  state 
that  the  Ed  is  an  Phonograph  Tories  is  amemherof  the  National  Ketal 
Trades  Association.  At  present  1  have  all  the  men  that  I  am  in  need_ 
of.  Thanking  you  very  muoh  for  your  kind  favor,  I  remain, 

Oct.  12,  1903. 

H.  H.  Boyesen,  Esq., 

Editor  Cosmopolitan  Magazine, 

Irvington-on-Hudson,  IT.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  mat.,  I  t'l  to  state 
that  at  present  I  »  all  eat  of  photographs.  Yon  oan  obtain  the, 
from  C.  '!.  TOiits,  Military  St.,  Port  Huron,  Mioh. 

Tours  truly, 


Sea  Pollen  and  look  at  copy  of  letter  of  thiB  date  which 
I  have  sent  on  for  filing  in  the  archives  of  the  company,  also 
letters  of  May  11  and  Majr  18th,  1903.  You  will  notice  that  the  last 
drawings  sent  have  "been  examined  promptly  and  defects  pointed  out. 

You  will  notice  that  Mr.  Simpkin  is  making  some  terrible  mistakes 
just  as  I  feared  and  Which  fear  was  expressed  in  my  letter  to  you 
and  this  is  worrying  me  greatly.  I  now  Have  more  fear  than  ever 
that  there  are  many  o frier  things  which  he  is  doing  and  the  drawings 
of  vhicih  he  never  has  sent  or  intends  to  send.  What  I  fear  is  that 

he  will  draw  you  into  a  position  where  it  will  he  impossible  to  get 


out.  My  advice  to  you  and  Pollen  is  that  you/every  plan  and  detail 
sent  me,  I  will  promptly  go  over  them  and  state  the  'defects  or 
approve  the  same  and  promptly  return. 

The  drawings  that  X  approve  you  will  he  safe  in  going  ahead 
with  for  frie  reason  that  they  will  he  based  upon  actual,  experience 
on  a  large  scale  and  not  two  penny  affairs.  Please  do  not  show 
this  letter  to  Simpkins,  he  is  very  sensitive  to  oriticisra  and  it 
wo.uLd  only  reduce  his  usefulness  to  the  company  and  Check  hi-s  en¬ 
thusiasm,  which  we  want  to  cultivate,  hut  if  you  do  what  I  say  ana 
pound  him  to  correct  the  defects  which  I  point  out,  so  we  can  get 
the  drawings  final V  approved  ana  ready  for  contracts,  you. will  he 


Zyer  Rubber  Co., 

Andover,  brass. 

Oct.  12,  1903. 

I  have  been  using  some  of  your  rubber  tissue  .005  of  an 
inch  thick,  purchased  from  the  Excelsior  Rubber  Co.  of  Raw  York.  I 
M  VerydeBlrous  of  obtaining  some  very  much  thinner  for  experi¬ 
mental  purposes  and  it  would  to  a  gx^t  accomodation  if  you  would, 
make  me  about  l/2  pound  or  even  1/4  pound  of  the  following  thick¬ 
nesses  by  Brown  &  Sharpe  Micrometer  gauge  . 

One  Thousandths 

Two  Thousandths, 

Three  Thousandths  and 

me  know, 

Four  Thousandths* 

Perhaps  X  am  asking  for  something  impossible,  if  so  let 
If  I  can  get  what  I  am  after  it  will  probably  lead  to 

Yours  truly, 


.Oct.  14,  1903. 

tiller,  Esq.^ 
iury,  Ont., 

As  per  request  of  Mr.  Edison  I  tee  to  enclose  you  herewith 
a  tetter  from  Hr.  E.  H.  Davis  with  hie  enclosures  and  wish  to  call 
your  ■' 'lotion  to  Hr.  Edison’s  memorandum  on  same. 

He  wished  me  to  ask  that  you  send  him  a  weekly  report 
of  the  progress  you  are  making,  so  that  he  will  at  all  times  he 
thoroughly  posted  as  to  your  doingd.  He  is  very  frequently  approached 
by  the  stock  holders  of  the  company  who  inquire  as  to  the  progress 
you  are  making  and  it  puts  him  in  a  very  had  predicament  if  he  is 
not  thoroughly  posted, 

trusting  you  are  in  the  hast  of  health,  1  remain. 

Yours  truly, 


Pres.  Ad'-ans  Express  no., 

New  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  15th  inst.,  I  ‘beg  to  state 
that  I  think  the  sprocket  chain  idea  is  all  right,  hut  the  exide 
"battery  is  commercially  worthless  as  you  will  learn  inside  of  a  year 
at  Buffalo.  Before  yo.u  commit  yourself  too  far  as  to  vehiole,  why 
not  have  vehicle  oompany  run  it  from  New  York  out  to  Laboratory  • 
and  I  will  have  my  men  go  over  it  and  report  to  you.  I  am  anxious 
that  they  sucoeeod  in  making  a  good  vehiole.  I  know  Budlong  the 
President  and  he  will  not  object  to  our  criticisms. 

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